The Great Mask Debate – To Wear or Not To Wear?

21 December 2020 PAINTING BY LABEN SAKALE JOHN AND WORDS BY GREGORY BABLIS Masks have always been important aspects of Papua New Guinean societies even in contemporary Papua New Guinea (PNG) with their ceremonial uses in singsings (traditional dances or festivals) and the more tourist-oriented festivals today. All regions of PNG had different types ofContinue reading “The Great Mask Debate – To Wear or Not To Wear?”

Art and Creativity in Papua New Guinea with Dr. Michael Mel

03 NOVEMBER 2020 The Art Show with Namila Benson ABC National Radio Broadcast on Wed 16 Sep 2020, 10:05 am To mark 45 years of Independence for Papua New Guinea, we explore the role that art has played in the country’s development and engagement with Australia since 1975. We speak with performance artist, curator, andContinue reading “Art and Creativity in Papua New Guinea with Dr. Michael Mel”

The paradox of the alienation and preservation of culture

22 October 2020 JOHN KAUPA KAMASUA CHANGE is an inevitable threat to art and culture in Melanesia. And change is constant in the universe. Art and culture is formed from belief systems, ways of viewing the world, making things (material culture) that are either inherited or part of contemporary life. And it is the activeContinue reading “The paradox of the alienation and preservation of culture”

Compensation for freelance artists in Papua New Guinea during COVID-19

22 October 2020 PNG Coalition of Freelance Artists Compensation for freelance artists and cultural and creative workers following the closure of licensed venues and ban on gatherings of over 50 persons (COVID-19) We the undersigned freelance artists and cultural and creative workers in Papua New Guinea are calling on the Controller David Manning, MBE, DPS,Continue reading “Compensation for freelance artists in Papua New Guinea during COVID-19”