The Haoapa – Gould Art Exhibition – Port Moresby, March 2012

Artwork from Ratoos (Gary) Haoapa – on of PNG’s handful of iconic artists with international acclaim.

I was invited to the opening of Australia Week which began on 5th March, 2012 at the Australian High Commission here in Port Moresby. 

Minister for Education, Hon. Theo Zurenuoc just cut the ribbon signalling the opening of Australia Week’s joint Haoapa – Gould art exbihition.

To kick start the Week the Minister for Education, Hon. Theo Zurenuoc did the honours by cutting the ribbon after a short speech which followed the opening remarks of the Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Mr Ian Kemish. 

Some of John Gould’s art work.

On display at the opening were two beautiful and stunning artworks from two artists – one Papua New Guinean, Ratoos Gary Haoapa and the other an Australian, John Gould.

Some more artwork from two very talented visual artists.

PNG Attitude also posted a short article on the art exhibition which you can read here.

More of the artwork on display.

Icouldn’t help thinking that these kind of occasions which support exhibitions – joint or otherwise – go along way in showcasing local and international talent and helps to energise and motivate our local artists to think about solo and joint exhibitions and garner awareness and support for their work.

I wished at least one of the exhibited pieces was hanging in my house – wishful thinking.

I was so happy I went along and thanks to the Australian High Commission for the kind invitation to attend the opening of 2012 Australia Week.

Once again I am blown away by the artistic expressions of visual artists and the wonderful and creative ways in which they view life and our modernising world.

Author: IslandMeri

I am based in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. The purpose of this blog is to share my magic moments in Papua New Guinea, elsewhere in the Pacific and the world. I have many creative pursuits - singing, songwriting, amateur photography and blogging.

2 thoughts on “The Haoapa – Gould Art Exhibition – Port Moresby, March 2012”

  1. The work is stunning and totally agree with you in the importance of cultural exchange and that exhibitions like these could happen more often. Thanks for the great photos.

    1. Hi Pamela,

      Yes, the artwork was stunning and so attractive. The joint exhibitions also help to bring our PNG visual artists into contact with others out there that share their passion to depict the world in their own terms and perspectives. Power to Ratoos and John. Have a great week. Hugs, Mari

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