Presenter: Katherine Higgins
Artist residencies have been supporting the growth of contemporary arts in Oceania since the late 1960s. Residencies offer time, space, and resources for artistic growth, as well as opportunities for local and regional cultural exchange. In this presentation, Katherine Higgins will discuss three private residency programs: Papua New Guinea, in 1969; Cook Islands, in 2009; and Sāmoa, opening in 2012. Drawings and paintings produced by Timothy Akis and Andy Leleisi‘uao during their respective residencies in Port Moresby and Rarotonga will be introduced to highlight the influence of artistic and cultural exchange on artists’ practices, while the reflections of Fatu Feu‘u on his residency experiences indicate his motivations in establishing the first private residency in Sāmoa. These artists’ experiences reveal how residencies have been influencing the development of contemporary art in Oceania.