News & Events
Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific (13/11/2015)
In the last 6 months, project members at the Sainsbury Research Unit (University of East Anglia) have been very busy planning our upcoming exhibition Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific. Showing at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the exhibition is curated by Professor Steven Hooper and co-curated by Karen Jacobs and Katrina Igglesden. It focuses mainly on Fijian art and life in the 19th century and uses Fijian material held in exhibition partner the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's (University of Cambridge) strong and impressive collection, other British and German museum collections, as well as a significant loan from the Fiji Museum. Contemporary aspects of Fijian art and culture will also be included in the displays through photos, video and commissioned pieces.
A book of the same name, authored by Professor Steven Hooper, is concurrently being worked on and will be published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition in March 2016. An exciting endeavour, this book will become the most recent and comprehensive art history of Fiji, and it is a joint publishing venture between the University of East Anglia and the Fiji Museum.
Although we have not been updating the website, the project facebook page has been active and interactive - below are some photos from the past few months.
Last month, project members attended a reception at the British Museum in acknowledgement of their new exhibition Shifting Patterns: Pacific Barkcloth Clothing. A partner museum of the project, it was exciting to visit the exhibition and meet with all of those associated with it. Many thanks are given to Curator Natasha McKinney for inviting us to this wonderful event. The exhibition will be on display until 6 December 2015; more information on public events and talks can be found on the museum's website.