The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival publication Oceania Now is now solely available for download after hardcopies sold out. You can download the publication here. Oceania Now features new writing on contemporary art practice by Lisa Hilli, Kirsten Lyttle, Salote Tawale, Eric Bridgeman, and Cecilia Kavara Verran.
CPAF looks forward to the release of Oceania Now - The Festival's 2015 publication!
Edited by Léuli Eshraghi, Oceania Now brings together critical and creative arts writing engaging with lived experience, cultural memory and erasure, politics of place, and displaced indigeneity by a number of Islander arts practitioners around Australia and Oceania more broadly. It features new writing on contemporary art practice by Lisa Hilli, Kirsten Lyttle, Salote Tawale, Eric Bridgeman, Cecilia Kavara Verran.
Oceania Now publication will be available at the Symposium and the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival Opening Night on April 9th.
Cost: $10 (Festival special price)
Cover image: Miro, production still from 'Haus Man,' YAL TON, 2012
The CPAF Publication is supported by The Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University.
Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival is seeking participants to assist our artist-in-residence, Ann Fuata, to create her work ‘Construction Piece Scores’. Responding to the festival theme, ‘Oceania Now’, Construction Piece Scores, highlights the impact of climate change through a survey of ancient ocean floor maps. The highways and the lost cities contained within these maps will then be reimagined into an installation that will involve the community in covering the gallery floor with abstract figurines made out of aluminium foil to map these lost worlds.
Please contact: Ann Fuata e: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Thursday 9th programming of the CPAF Symposium, there will be a special youth performance titled 'Upu' - Word. Three young storytellers/poets will share the word, exploring themes, which help to shape their identities in ‘Oceania Now’.
Poets: Ileini Kabalan (Tongan, Lebanese), Nala Taukilo (Niue, Samoa), Clara Sione (Samoa, Fiji).
Find out more about these young poets HERE.
'Upu' takes place at 2pm in the FCAC Performance Space, 9th April.
The full Symposium program is available for download HERE.
A two-day pass or one-day passes are available. To book your ticket, CLICK HERE.
CPAF is happy to announce our Community Day FREE CONCERT line up! The Community Day takes place on April 11th, at Footscray Community Arts Centre, on the banks of the Maribyrnong River.
The free concert line up includes:
RADICAL SON (headliner)
CHARLES MAIMATOSIA & DI A'U JAH
RAW & RUGGED
Read more about all the Community Day Concert artists HERE.
The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF), in conjunction with Tikiman, has launched the Tikiman T-Shirt Design.
Providing a platform to encourage the artists of tomorrow, the competition is open to all participants of Pacific Island descent 30 years of age and under. Prizes include the opportunity to have your very own t-shirt design produced and sold. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the winners of each category.
Submissions will also be eligible for inclusion in an exhibition during the Contemporary Arts Festival held in April 2015. Entries close 30 March 2015.
For more information and the application form, click HERE.
CPAF is proud to announce our 2015 Symposium discussion panels.
Curating the Pacific: Museum and Gallery Collections and Contexts
CHAIR: Ema Tavola
PANELLISTS: Leafa Wilson, Louise Tuʼu, Margaret Aull, Rosanna Raymond.
Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property
CHAIR: Patricia Adjei
PANELLISTS: Lana Lopesi, Leilani Kake, Naup Waup.
Climate Change: Pacific Art and Activation
CHAIR: Isabelle Genoux
PANELLISTS: Angela Tiatia, George Siosi Samuels, Marita Davies, Nic Maclellan.
Community and Cultural Development with Pacific Communities - PANEL A: Community Arts Projects
CHAIR: Thelma Thomas-Lesianawai
PANELLISTS: Dennis Paora Pennalligen, Justine MacCormick, Mandy Treagus, Phoebe Preuss, Tiffany (Noelani) Le Nevez, Sylvia C. Frain.
Community and Cultural Development with Pacific Communities - PANEL B: Ways of Knowing
CHAIR: Sana Balai
PANELLISTS: Donita Hulme, Grace Vanilau, Visesio Poasi Siasau.
Entrepreneurialism in Pacific Arts
CHAIR: Amanda Donigi
PANELLISTS: Andrew Faleatua, Maureen Unasa, Nigel Borell, Siliga David Setoga, Tina Waru.
A two-day pass or one-day passes are available. To book your place in the audience, CLICK HERE.
CPAF offers our sincere thanks to all who responded to our 2015 panellist call out.
CPAF is partnering up with PechaKucha Melbourne to present PK-CPAF, as part of the CPAF 2015 Symposium.
PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and presenters talk along to the images.
PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. It draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”).
CPAF would like to invite you to present as part of this exciting evening of presentations, in a 20 images X 20 second format.
The theme for this event will be Pasifika Narratives - exploring what it means to be a Pacific Islander living and creating Art.
If you would like to be involved, please fill out the online form below OR email email@example.com with the following information:
- Title of presentation
CPAF is elated to announce that soulful powerhouse RADICAL SON will be headlining our Community Day FREE CONCERT on April 11 2015, at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Effortlessly crossing genres from soul to hip-hop and beyond, Radical Son is a standout vocalist and songwriter like no other.
His often-poignant lyrics chart a course from hopelessness to healing; mercilessly deconstructing what is, and forever imagining what could be. Radical Son's music and stories are always guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the south pacific nation of Tonga.
As a vocalist, Radical Son has a unique ability to deliver as a soul singer, rapper and spoken word artist.
This natural dexterity defines his earned place and presence in the contemporary musical landscape. The back-bone of Radical Son's stories continuously urge our human spirit to approach life through love and compassion.
His music, both potent and sublime, conjures uncompromising visions and merciless lyrics of where we’ve come from and what could be.
Radical Son's been making music for the people for 10 years. His fantastic 2014 full length debut album 'Cause 'n Effect', featuring spoken word by Archie Roach and Mau Power, is a perfect blend of soul, hip-hop, dub and reggae-esque influences; moving lyrics, original rhyme style, haunting melodies and captivating spoken word are just some parts of his magic.
Like Amy Winehouse, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Marvin Gaye and Barry White? You will LOVE this.
RADICAL SON'S album 'Cause 'n Effect' is available on iTunes here.
WATCH THE OFFICIAL FILM CLIP FOR 'HUMAN BEHAVIOUR':
CPAF is happy to announce that bookings for Noelani Le Nevez's Hula Fitness sessions are now open.
Hawaiian born Noelani Le Nevez has been teaching dance fitness for over three years, combining her knowledge of fitness with her expertise and passion for teaching and dancing Hula and Ori Tahiti (Hawaiian & Tahitian Dance). In this class you will get fit learning basic dance steps, starting with a lower intensity Hula and building up to the fast paced, hip shaking, high intensity of Ori Tahiti.
Sway and shake your hips to the rhythm of the islands, lose yourself in the music, and leave with a great workout! Bring a sarong, bottle of water, a towel, and your friends!
The class is open to ALL women and girls ages 10 upwards.
Venue: Footscray Community Arts Centre Basement Theatre
Time: Tuesdays 7pm - 8.30pm
Dates: 3, 10, 17 and 24 March 2015
Full Program pre-booking option available, as well as casual.
Bookings through TRYBOOKING here.
The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) is still accepting Expressions of Interest for the two day Symposium for 2015.
The closing date for expressions of interest has been extended to: 15 February 2015.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 20 February 2015.
The panel discussions this year will be:
• Curating the Pacific: Museum and Gallery Collections and Contexts
• Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property
• Climate Change: Pacific Art and Activation
• Community and Cultural Development with Pacific Communities
• Entrepreneurialism in Pacific Arts
If you are interested, please send through the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. Your full name, email and contact number;
2. The title of the panel you would like to participate in (refer to list above);
3. A short bio outlining your practice/contribution to Pacific arts practice (up to 250 words);
4. An outline of what you are interested in discussing (up to 250 words).
For more information, visit the Symposium website here.
CPAF is proud to announce that our Guest Curator for the 2015 Visual Arts program is artist Chuck Feesago.
Chuck Feesago is a Samoan American based in Los Angeles where he began his art practice as a conceptual artist focused on performance. Influenced by traditional Samoan dances he learned as a child, his performances addressed the relationship of the person to the persona and the social constructs that fostered and supported the conflicts. Feesago believed that the perceptions of the artist and the viewer, in combination, were key to forming a playing field to foster discourse.
Currently, through painting, sculpture and installation, Feesago’s art practice focuses on the chaotic outcome when differing systems come together to form cultural identity. Looking to move beyond the cliché conversations that often deal with race, culture or politics, Feesago searches for the quiet moments when differences agree, conflicts harmonize and lies may tell a truth. Ultimately, he discovers that both as individuals and as members of larger social structures, we have much more in common with each other than we normally allow ourselves to believe.
Besides being a practicing artist, Feesago is an established curator, the Gallery Director for Project_210 and is on faculty at the University of La Verne in La Verne, California where he teaches foundation art courses, sculpture, installation, drawing, materials, and curatorial practices. He is currently represented by Offramp Gallery in Pasadena, California.
More details on the CPAF 2015 Visual Arts Program to come.
As part of the CPAF 2015 Community Day on April 11th, there will be a marketplace hosting stalls reflecting the rich diversity of the Pacific in Arts & Crafts, Food, Wellbeing and Service Organisations.
CPAF is seeking expressions of interest from Pacific inspired stall holders - including food, arts and crafts from across the region, and information stalls from Pacific community groups. Traditional Pacific and Maori food stallholders are strongly encouraged to apply.
Marketplace application forms can be requested by emailing email@example.com
Or you can download the form by clicking the following link:
pdf version - CPAF2015 Stall holder application form pdf
word doc version - CPAF2015 Stall holder application form.docx
Applications close Friday 27th February 2015.
All applications will be reviewed by the Community Day Committee.
Successful applicants will be notified by the 1st March 2015.
The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival (CPAF) is proud to announce Ann Fuata as the 2015 Artist in Residence at Gabriel Gallery from the 1st April – 4th May.
Fuata is a Victorian based emerging artist of Samoan descent. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Victorian College of the Arts, and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Utilizing video, installation, sculptural objects and performance, Fuata investigates themes of temporality and place in her work.
In Construction Piece Scores Fuata will collaboratively develop a work based on ancient intercontinental ocean floor highways that are thought to stretch across the entire Pacific Ocean. This new work aims to juxtapose new and re-imagined ocean highways through a process-based exploration of mapping, mark making, installation, sculptural objects and collaboration with invited guests.
The Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival is now taking bookings for the 2015 Symposium.
A two-day pass or one-day passes are available.
To book your place in the audience, click here.
Keynote Speaker for Symposium 2015 is Ema Tavola, South Auckland-based curator, writer, arts manager, advocate and director of PIMPI.
More details on the CPAF 2015 Symposium program to come.
CPAF is providing a billeting accommodation option for national and international guests - offering visitors the option of being hosted by a Pacific local for the duration of the festival.
If you are:
a) Interested in being a HOST for our visitors, providing accommodation in your home and sharing our Island hospitality;
b) A national or international VISITOR interested in being hosted by members of our lovely community;
Please fill out the online form on our Travel & Accommodation page here (under 'BILLETING')
You will receive a short questionnaire to fill out, which will help CPAF match each visitor with the right host.
For more information on travel and accommodation options, click here.
CPAF is proud to announce and welcome you to experience Fiafia Bar - the Festival Bar for 2015.
Step into the Fiafia Festival Bar and witness a Pacific collision of island culture, dance, song, circus and all flavours of contemporary entertainment. Have a drink while listening to soulful tunes and watching the Fiafia show featuring a stellar array of contemporary Pacific artists.
Venue: Performance Space FCAC
Price: $10 at the door
Opening hours: 6pm-10pm-ish from the 9th-11th April 2015.
CPAF 2015 is pleased to announce that bookings are open for the following workshops:
Master Weaver Vicki Kinai returns to the festival with her renowned weaving workshops. This series will teach you how to create your own bilum - Vicki has adapted the traditional bilum weaving technique to create wearable art and installations.
For more information and bookings, click here.
Create Pacifik inspired bling with master weaver/ fibre artist Kui Taukilo, director of K.I.N Designs. Known for her quirky humour, finely woven sculptural works and unique contemporary designs, Kui’s classes are always a joyful experience. Workshop participants will learn how to weave rings, medallions and bracelets to adorn yourself and family.
For more information and bookings, click here.
CPAF and IRP have teamed up in 2015 to deliver a series of workshops targeted at Pacific Islander and Maori youth. The project will consist of two day workshop and a final Fashion Runway as part of the Community Day at FCAC. The models will be dressed by Pacific and Indigenous designers and have the opportunity to showcase what they have learnt over the workshops to their family, friends and communities.
For more information and bookings, click here.
Bookings are essential as places are limited.
Click on the links for more information.
Nominations are now open for the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival's inaugural Aunty Sana Balai Creative Excellence Award.
Recognising individual contributions in the advancement of the Australian-Pacific Arts Sector, the award is open to artists or arts workers currently practicing excellence in their chosen artistic forms and/or arts management fields. A panel of industry and community-based Pacific Arts representatives will peer review all completed nominations.
Nominations close on COB Sunday 1 March 2015. The Ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th April at the Opening Night of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria.
For more information and a nomination form, click HERE.