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EcoArts and Heat Wave Artists Group

Hemstock, Sarah L. and Beasley, Johanna and Fong, Saimone (2013) EcoArts and Heat Wave Artists Group. [Creative Works] (Unpublished)

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This project will work with artists and school children to produce an exhibition “EcoArt” – responses to a changing Pacific environment. During the production of work for this exhibition a workshop will be held for Oceania Centre artists to explore and expand their art practice and practical skills. This workshop will also allow them to learn about and work around the themes of climate change and a changing environment. Additionally, artists will work with students from Beqa School. The workshop will result in the production of a series of new works for exhibition at the USP Oceania Centre. During the exhibition a series of artists workshops will be held for local school children of all ages – this will provide a platform for those children to discover different art forms and raise their awareness of climate and environmental change issues. The work of the children will also be exhibited. Pacific cultures and societies are central to the USP mission, vision and values and a theme that permeates every aspect of the Strategic plan. Central to the positioning of the university as the international leader in Pacific Studies, Arts and Culture is the creation of an internally recognized centre for visual and performing arts and pacific heritage which will showcase and promote pacific talent in all areas of art. The idea of an innovative interdisciplinary program, such as the one proposed here, drawing upon creative expression, community experiences and academic research on climate change supports and underlies this goal. The relationship with the “vanua” is a strong part of Fijian Culture. The intention of placing the artists on an island setting for the workshop is to enable them to use the land and the ocean as a canvas and a palette which will stimulate their creative process – a creative setting for producing work for “EcoArt” and a backdrop against which to explore the issues surrounding a “changing environment”. The urban environment tends to deaden the creative process. The proposed activities are supporting the cultural aspects that underlie the strategic plan by placing the artist in a culturally and environmentally loaded environment.

Item Type: Creative Works
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Sarah Hemstock
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 23:56
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 02:51

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