Double Visions – Contemporary Art from Papua New Guinea

15 May – 20 June 2010 – Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery (War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG, tel 01592 583213; open Mon-Sat 10.30-5, Sun 2-5)
3 July – 14 Aug 2010 – Gateway Galleries (University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9ST; open Mon-Fri 9-5.30, Sat 10-5); due to the size of space, this will be an abbreviated version of Kirkcaldy show.
A rare Scottish opportunity to see work by artists from Papua New Guinea (PNG) in varied media. They have transformed cultural tradition into contemporary expression through their choice of materials, subjects and an awareness of life in PNG today. A special feature will be paintings by the major artist Mathias Kauage OBE (1944-2003) who once visited Scotland and met the Queen. Also exhibited will be delicate figurative scuptures from recycled metal by Tom Deko; oils on canvas by Martin Morububuna; Sepik river carvings by Teddy Balangu, Lucas Tangun and Kaua Gita; and a range of textiles based on the traditional ‘bilum’ woven bag technique, featuring Cathy Kata.

Sun 30 May 2010, 2.30pm – Dr Tony Crook, University of St Andrews will give a free illustrated talk on ‘Double Visions of a PNG worldview’ at Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery

Sun 13 June 2010, 2.30pm – free informal exhibition tour by the curator Diana Sykes of FCA&C, also at Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery

Throughout the exhibition in Kirkcaldy – free activities for children based on the exhibition

Thurs 8 July, 4.30-6.30pm – as part of the European Society for Oceanists’ conference at St Andrews University, there will be various public events including a late afternoon talk at the Gateway (North Haugh, St Andrews) linked directly with PNG contemporary art. The speakers wil be Mr Tom Craig (a Scottish artist who lived in PNG for 20 years where he was the first Director of the National Art School and involved in a range of cultural initiatives around the time of independence in 1975. He will be talking on the theme of ‘Origins of Contemporary art in Papua New Guinea’) and Dr Andrew Moutu, University of Adelaide (a Papua New Guinean anthropologist and one time curator at the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery, who will discuss the wider contexts in which contemporary art is inspired and produced in Papua New Guinea).

‘Double Visions: Contemporary Art from Papua New Guinea’ is presented by FCA&C in association with the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London, and the Alcheringa Gallery, Canada.