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SYDNEY OCEANIC ART FAIR @ NATIONAL ART SCHOOL

 

The Sydney Oceanic Art Society was held today (November 6, 2021) at the National Art School in Darlinghurst. The annual event had been cancelled last year and consequently this year’s show had an unusually large number of exhibitors and a vast range of artefacts on display. There were genuine ethnographic rarities and collectables from Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and Australia – masks, carvings, weapons, textiles, jewellery, books and prints. The majority of the pieces were from PNG. The exhibitors were knowledgeable and happy to explain the significance of pieces. Many had lived or worked in PNG, some even going back prior to independence in 1975.

It was a joyous event as colleagues and collectors who hadn’t seen one another for years gathered to share stories and examine each other’s collections. The historic sandstone ‘Cell Block’ hall created just the right atmosphere for the display of the artefacts. The hall was filled with curious new collectors as well as seasoned ethnologists. The enthusiasm of the crowd today certainly demonstrated Australia’s long and special relationship with PNG. Continue reading SYDNEY OCEANIC ART FAIR @ NATIONAL ART SCHOOL

PNG ARTFACTS, WHERE TO FIND THEM? : WE HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS

Courtesy Alex Philips Oceanic Art, photograph by Dadi Wirz circa 1952 in PNG Maprik Haus Tambaran
Komunive community ‘mud men’, photograph from The Australian Museum

Interest in PNG artefacts is increasing. We love that each artefact has significance to the creator, representing the heritage of millenia, identifying a specific tribe and place. We admire the villagers’ business skill in trading their art. Where can we see these expressive masks, intricately carved story boards and beautifully crafted sculptures? In lockdown, only online. 

  • A wide range of video clips are at the bottom of this article. 
  • You can go to the British Museum, Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other institutions’ websites and search their collections for PNG artefacts.
  • You can visit the websites of Australian traders: 

www.new-guinea-tribal-arts.com      

www.oceanicartsaustralia.com  

www.alexphilips.com     

www.chrisboylan.com.au

www.bubbleartefacts.com.au    

  • You can search the websites of prestigious auction houses.
  • You can even find them on eBay!

Once out of lockdown, there are several places in Sydney you could visit: The Australian Museum, Oceanic Arts Australia in Paddington and the upcoming Sydney Oceanic Art Fair November 6 at the National Art School in Darlinghurst. There are also private collectors in Sydney who may give private viewings. Continue reading PNG ARTFACTS, WHERE TO FIND THEM? : WE HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS