No 1. Neighbour

Since 1996 Alcheringa Gallery has hosted countless exhibitions featuring the works of contemporary Sepik artists.  These artists have increasingly created artworks that reflect various aspects of life as experienced NOW, while others are based on myth or the influence of Christianity on village life.  We are delighted to see two of these artists, master carvers Joseph Kandimbu and Lucas Tangun taking their place alongside artists from  other art rich areas of PNG.  

At Alcheringa you will always find a strong representation of the works from these Sepik artists and others alongside creations from artists of the Northwest Coast of Canada. Some of the pieces that we display are works inspired by collaboration between the two.  Cross cultural visits have inspired artists from both cultures in further developing themes, use of materials and finishes.

You can find this ground breaking exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art from 15 Oct 2016 – 29 Jan 2017

'No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016' presents work by artists from Papua New Guinea created from the mid-1960s, through Independence in 1975, until today. The exhibition focuses on the vibrancy of contemporary artistic expression, a direction that is unique in Australia. A key conceptual thread within 'No.1 Neighbour' is the importance of the ongoing relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea with projects profiling ongoing creative relationships between communities and individuals.

Read a wonderful essay by the QGOMA Curator of Pacific Art, and our friend and colleague Ruth MacDougall here

'No.1 Neighbour' is supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation and through the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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