“Paradise Palette” | Papua New Guinea Street Artists Feature at Petrie Terrace Gallery

A collection of contemporary artwork featuring a wide selection of art media from over 45 Port Moresby street artists is currently on display at Petrie Terrace Gallery.

Thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Brisbane City Council, “Paradise Palette” exhibition is now showing at the Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) showcasing various artworks by Papua New Guinea street artists, many of whom are self-taught.

The art exhibition provides an opportunity for both established and upcoming PNG artists to showcase their creative talents to a wider audience as well as connect with fellow artists here in Australia.

On display are various artworks from Elisabet Kauage, Winnie Veova, Jane Wena, Ambane Siune, Harry Manavi, Nombri Temine, John Bom, Gigs Wena, Peter Wena, Michael Kauage, Clement Koys, Bruce Gei, Kenya Siune and James Kel, among others.

Particularly on display at the exhibit are decorative tapa cloth originating from Oro Province. Catch Rodrick Vana as he present demonstrations of tapa cloth making, as well as share the cultural importance and significance of the cloth’s tribal design.

Not to miss as well are Bagam Isai and Nancy Qwarame who will demonstrate the techniques for knotting bilums — Papua New Guinea’s traditional handmade string bags. Also on hand to personally greet visitors and share their culture are professional artists including Albert Ipu, Gima Segore, and Laben John Sakale.

The art exhibit curated by Don Wotton opened on 27 August and will run for three weeks. If you haven’t seen it yet, you still have until 15 September to catch this contemporary art exhibition. The exhibit is open from 6.30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.