Opportunities for Pacific Island craft in Australia

Artist Gickmai Kundun

Artist Gickmai Kundun

You are invited to participate in a major marketing event to introduce the work of PIC’s artisans (Fine Art, Basketry, Weaving, body adornment – shell and bone jewellery, wood products and artisan pieces based on traditional knowledge) directly to Australian consumers, designers, retailers, importers and the Australian media.
In order to dispel the perception that these pieces are made for the tourism market, the event will be held in Paddington at the Global Gallery.  The site lends itself to ‘feel’ of the Pacific, not too stiff, a little rustic, warm and welcoming.  It is a large open plan warehouse space located within 100 meters of Oxford Street.  The gallery owner is very excited at the prospect of partnering with PT&I to hold a Pacific event.
Participation in the event will be open to creators from the 14 PICs.  Creators are invited to submit an expression of interest: Download FORM.
The Creative Arts service offering to the PICs creative arts sector will be to provide the venue, engage with the participants as the event manager, act as the Australian facilitator, provide framing and exhibition support.  PT&I will actively promote the event, guided by and in consultation with Trish Nicols Agency.
The successful applicants are expected to provide the products as submitted in the EOI (or by negotiation with the Creative Arts manager), product information, personal bio’s or creators statement and product photographs, undertake the freight of their work (to and from Sydney), insure their products (to and from Sydney and for the duration of the 14 day event) and are expected to fund their attendance at the exhibition for a minimum of one week. 
Participants attendance costs include travel to and from place of origin, arrange an Australian Entry Visa, accommodation and daily expenses.

If you are interested in partnering or becoming a sponsor, you will find more detailed information at www.pacifictradeinvest.org.au and go to the Creative Arts section.
It is expected that the event will deliver :
To the PIC creators

  • sales
  • insight into Australian consumer purchasing habits
  • direct feedback from the consumer market
  • opportunity to engage with potential importers, designers and other commercial opportunities

Some products that we are seeking :

  • barkcloth, masi, siapo, tapacloth
  • wooden and metal sculpture – contemporary and heritage art
  • basketry
  • fine art 
  • woven items – mats, bags, headwear, hand fans 
  • bilum – bags, bilumwear, hammocks, table wear
  • jewellery  – shell, wood, pearls, bone, hair adornment
  • textiles – tivaevae, elei prints, hand printed fabric 
  • wooden products -wooden bowls plain or with mother of pearl inlay, tables, salad servers

Expression of Interest Download FORM.
Open on the 6th October, 2010.
Close on the 25th October, 2010.
If you require any additional information, please contact the Creative Arts Manager, Ruth Choulai
Email : ruth.choulai@pacifictradeinvest.com This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Phone : (612) 9290 2133

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