2nd Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) March 2014 Melbourne, Australia

The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) is an annual multi-disciplinary showcase of the creative talents of the Australian Pacific Arts Community. The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival 2014 will be taking place throughout the month of March 2014.

Through its diverse program, CPAF will share the unique stories of Pacific diaspora in Melbourne and more broadly Australia.

Workshops and satellite exhibitions will be held across different Melbourne locations with the two-day main event taking place at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, CPAF’s key partner organisation.

Lock in Friday 21st March for the CPAF Symposium and Opening night with an exhibition launch of Existence of Patterns and Saturday 22nd March for the big community day event Footscray Community Arts Centre.

There will also be a series of workshops taking place across Melbourne prior to the festival and satellite exhibitions.

Check out the CPAF Facebook page for more exciting programming and find out how you can be involved.

CPAF Symposium

Proposals for presentations are invited for the 2nd Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) being held at the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia from 21-22 March 2014.

The CPAF symposium brings together creative practitioners, community elders, academics and arts industry professionals whose work engages with the contemporary Pacific in a one-day symposium on the banks of the Maribyrnong river. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the symposium discourse.

Proposals are invited that address issues of contemporary art and culture of the Pacific through one of the following categories:

Theme 1: Contemporary Performing Arts Practices.
Theme 2: Pacific ways of knowing in contemporary contexts.
Theme 3: Contemporary Pacific visual art, film and animation.
Theme 4: Community arts and engagement.

Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):

• Activating Pacific collections in Australian museums and galleries;
• Community arts and self-determination;
• Contemporary Pacific adornment, fashion and design;
• Contemporary Pacific dance, music and performance;
• Contemporary Pacific tattoo;
• Curating Contemporary Pacific art;
• Intellectual property and traditional knowledge in the Pacific;
• Pacific art and activism;
• Pacific art education in Australian institutions;
• Pacific art and entrepreneurialism.
• Pacific oral traditions and contemporary spoken word;
• Representations of contemporary Pacific gender identities in art and literature.

Presentations may take the form of summaries or overviews of their work, and artists are invited to speak to examples of their practice. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes and will be grouped according to topic or perspective into themed sessions. Time will be provided after all of the presentations for Q&A and group discussion.

Authors are welcome to include visual supports to assist delivery of their oral presentation. Please note that we cannot provide photocopying facilities at the symposium, but we will provide a data projector with audio capacity in the presentation theatre.

Submission deadline:
Abstracts (recommended length 150-200 words) must be received by Wednesday 12 February 2014. Notification of acceptance by Friday 21 February 2014. Email proposals to: cpafsymposium@gmail.com

For more information on submitting your proposal and registering for the symposium, please visit
www.footscrayarts.com Registration: $20 – waged/ $10 unwaged/conc.

Torika Bolatagici
CPAF symposium and literature coordinator


Pattern and Portraiture

This is an exciting opportunity for young people of Pacific Islander heritage aged 13-21 years. Its a cool workshop at Signal in the heart of the city for the first three Saturdays of March. Exhibitions included. Booking essential: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Signal/WhatsHappening/Pages/March.aspx