Swelling interest in Pacific arts

Seven concurrent exhibitions and initiatives turn the spotlight on Pacific art – and offer a deep dive into greater connection.
Pacific art. Image is of a person with dark curly short hair, folded arms and grey shirt looking askance at the camera and standing in front of an ochre coloured wall hanging.

Sometimes, things align. It would seem, lately, that a heightened interest in Pacific art is making its presence felt across Australian galleries and museums. While the artworks of our neighbouring region have always had a place – and an audience – they have not always been the focal point of standout exhibitions and commission.

ArtsHub takes a look at a range of new exhibitions, focus galleries and commissions that are placing Pacific art front and centre.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina