"Niugini Brushstrokes" is an exhibition of contemporary art from Papua New Guinea. Thirty artists, the majority of who are self-taught, have contributed work to the exhibition. The artists all reside in the settlements of Port Moresby and struggle to find a market for their work which they rely upon as their primary source of family income.
The exhibition is an opportunity for them to explore market opportunities in Australia and to gain experience in the operations of a commercial gallery. The exhibition also enables the artists to partake in cultural exchanges with members of the Royal Queensland Art Society, and visitors to the gallery, helping to promote their culture, customs and traditional art forms and tourism in Papua New Guinea.
Providing the artists with an outlet for their work helps to reduce grafitti and associated crime in Port Moresby; and builds confidence and raises self esteem among youth who have limited formal education but otherwise display artistic talent. It is proposed that art students from local schools will be invited to the exhibition to meet with the artists and engage with them in discussion about their life and struggles as street artists in Papua New Guinea.
The exhibition runs from 26 February to 12 March 2018. Six artists from PNG will be travelling to Brisbane for the event and are being billeted by RQAS members.
The significant costs involved are hire of gallery space at AUD2,000.00 for the duration of the exhibition.
Additional costs will be incurred in
. stretching and framing the works for display in the gallery (AUD1,000.00)
. returning unsold works to artists in port Moresby (AUD650.00)
. administrative costs advertising the exhibition (AUD1,500)
. incidential expenses for six visiting artists from Papua New Guinea (AUD1,200.00).
Major challenges associated with conducting the exhibition include
. suitably framing the works for exhibition. All works will be available for sale unframed. For the purpose of exhibition smaller works will be framed using a mountboard of corflute with a cardboard backing. Larger works will be stretched or suspended from bamboo poles.
. obtaining sponsorship to enable visiting Papua New G.uinea artists to travel to Brisbane for the exhibition.
. transporting unsold works back to the artists in Port Moresby following the exhibition