Monday, 17 April 2017

Melanesian Artists called to submit artwork to support West Papua

The West Papua Women’s Office in Docklands is asking Visual, Sculpture, Jewellery and Craft Artists to consider entering work in the SAMPARI 2017 ART EXHIBITION AND SALE FOR WEST PAPUA, including the special category of Melanesian Art.

The exhibition is showing in the Australian Catholic University Art Gallery in Fitzroy (Melbourne) between 8 and 17 December 2017.

The West Papuans are Australia’s closest neighbours. Their ambition is to be a free and independent Melanesian state. The engagement of western and Melanesian artists is crucial as they approach a dangerous climax in their long freedom struggle.

SAMPARI 2015 and 2016 attracted fine art, glass work, collage, print, wirework, photography, film, traditional weaving, mixed media, street sculpture, oil gouache and ink from all over the world.

Works submitted to SAMPARI 2017 must be inspired by West Papua: by the people, their culture, politics, history, or extraordinary flora and fauna and maritime and territorial environments.

General information:· SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday 22 October 2017· There is no submission fee or exhibition fee for selected works.· Submissions must include a photograph of your completed work.· Artworks will be on sale to the viewing public unless otherwise specified by artist.· Proceeds of sales are shared 50/50 between Artist and the FRWP Women’s Office.

PDF Submission Form Sampari 2017, Submission formINQUIRIES or Robin Vote on 0413 802 612

Take a look at the 2016 Sampari Art Exhibits 

(entry restricted to Melanesian artists residing outside Australia)

SAMPARI 2017 is again featuring artists from the Melanesian nations, acknowledging their unique political leadership in the bitterly contested battle over West Papua’s inclusion in the Melanesian Spearhead Group and Pacific Island Forum. Recognition by these regional fora is the first formal acknowledgement of West Papua’s independence movement since the beginning of the Indonesian occupation in 1963, and heaved West Papuans’ self-determination ambitions onto the international stage. Their quest for independence is now championed in the United Nations by a Pacific Coalition of Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian states.

General information:
  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday 22 October 2017
  • There is no submission fee or exhibition fee for selected works
  • Selected works will be printed on quality paper by the organisers
  • Prints will be on sale to the viewing public for $60 unless otherwise specified by artist.
  • Proceeds of sales are shared 50/50 between Artist and the FRWP Women’s Office.
  • Email A4 scans of your artwork to
  • The A4 scan needs to be set at 720dpi to ensure printing quality
  • Artwork that can’t be scanned (e.g. sculpture) to be photographed and then emailed to

PDF Submission Form Melanesian Art, Submission FormINQUIRIES or Robin Vote on 0413 802 612Take a look at the 2016 Melanesian Wall of Art


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