In the early planning stages of GPS 2016, our Youth Action Komiti prioritised the inclusion of a Visual Arts space at the conference.
Given the heavy issues addressed at the conference, being able to enter into a creative space is important, separate from the plenary and stream areas, which supports an atmosphere of inspiration, relaxation, appreciation and transformation.
Our very own Zech Soakai (komiti member) is the curator of this space, supported by Amiria Puia-Taylor from the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Zech who is also a member of the museum’s Youth Advisory Group intends to recruit artists who are...
passionate about ensuring the growth of our Pasifika young people is supported here in New Zealand, whose work reflects a strong social conscience that speaks to the evolving hardships that young Pasifika people face, and whose creations inspire, empower and uplift a narrative that has been largely on the periphery of modern day society.
Already we are excited to announce the contributions of two well-known Polynesian artists, Jimmy James Koratorus and Sylvia Marsters. If you are interested, or know others that may be, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you with Zech and the team.