The event will feature five artists from the Cook Islands, five from Hawaii, two from New Caledonia, one from Tonga, five from New Zealand and eight from Tahiti.
The two-week art exchange starts on Friday, May 11, and ends on May 25. Artists will exchange techniques and traditional practices and work towards a final exhibition.
The Putahi Ono Kuki Airani team believe this is also a great opportunity for Cook Islands youth to interact with international Pacific artists.
The team will take part in a school partnership project where artists will be partnered with a school or art class. The artists will visit the school and do a short presentation. Students will be able to attend the opening and closing exhibitions at Bergman Gallery.
Two exhibitions will be held at the Bergman Gallery on Tuesday, May 15, from 6pm and will be open to the public for one week. All attending artists will bring submissions for the opening exhibition.
On Friday, May 25, all works created during the two-week gathering will be on show and all artwork from both exhibitions will be for sale.
The annual Putahi artists’ gathering was held for the fifth consecutive year in Tahiti last year. Its purpose is to give indigenous people the opportunity to work on themes related to heritage, traditional art practices and contemporary art.
Putahi 2017 was hosted at The Centre des Métiers d Art training center in Papeete, Tahiti.
The organiser of Putahi 2107, Viri Taimana, and coordinator Tokainaiua Jean-Daniel Devatine, are dedicated to the visual arts, cultural, sociological and educational process throughout the Pacific.
Said Viri Taimana: “The meeting of aspiring artists is essential for the sharing of experience and expertise.”
The sponsors for Putahi Ono Kuki Airani 2018 are Bergman Gallery, Bluesky Cook Islands, Toki Creative and Pacific Ink.