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Maketi Ples 2013 Pacific Islands Contemporary Art is back at Global Gallery February 21 to March 10, 2013 Global Gallery, 5 Comber Street Paddington, NSW, Australia Now in its third year, Maketi Ples - the contemporary Pacific islands art exhibition and ‘market place’ - is back at Global Gallery, Paddington. With pieces from seven Pacific Island nations, this year’s collection features some of the most exciting contemporary visual art, textiles and 3-D artisan works from around the region. The diverse mix of art works at Maketi Ples 2013 includes:

Visual art– drawing, painting, photography, printmaking

Ceramics– traditional practices and contemporary pieces

Textiles– traditional textiles and hand printed modern fabric

Basketry and Weaving– rural artisan communities

Wood work and carving– highly crafted artisan pieces based on traditional knowledge

2013 sees established and internationally collected visual artist, Papua New Guinea painter Martin Morububuna making his third appearance at Maketi Ples. Martin’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in many countries in the Pacific, USA and Europe. In 2012 his exceptional work Mila Mala Festival – from planting to harvest to farewelling of the ancestors sold to a private collector based in Sydney. Read more (long version available)

Noted self-taught artist Kay George will be exhibiting at Maketi Ples for the second time in 2013. She lives and creates in the idyllic Cook Islands, has been an active creator over the past 25 years, exhibiting her work throughout the Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand. Her works are found in private and public collections throughout the region. Read more (long…)


Laben Sakale John is a painter from Papua New Guinea joining Maketi Ples for the first time in 2013. HIs work addresses gender roles, family affairs, domestic violence, HIV and AIDS, law and order, and politics; themes that have very strong links to cultural beliefs and are having an effect on modern Papua New Guinea. In early 2006 he began experimenting with new ideas and techniques, using kitchen knives, broken bottles/glasses, sticks, fingers and his feet to create his artworks. His artwork continues to evolve with each collection. Read more (long version…)

Florence Jaukae Kamel, Managing Director of Jaukae Bilum Products, is a well-respected bilum artist and founder of the Bilum Festival. She has been at the forefront of the rapidly growing reinterpretation of the twist and loop technique into a contemporary art form – billum-wear. During Maketi Ples 2011, bilum-wear exhibited and created by Florence was recognised as an important statement of gender empowerment by the Australian Museum and was acquired by the museum for its Pacific Collections. Read more (long version available)

Tongan artisan, Sioni (John) Maileseni returns in 2013 with new and exciting woven artwork. His innovative methods and exclusive use of (hand prepared and hand woven) coconut husk fibre combine to create his intricate basket works and textiles. Maileseni’s art practice focuses on the fusion of traditional Tongan weaving and creative design. His “Kato Kafa” (2011) and “Kato Alu” (2012) were aquired by the Australian Musuem Pacific Collection; Read more (long version available)

Mosaic artist Tessa Miller will exhibit her own intricate mosaics created with found and collected natural materials - a celebration of nature, each conveying a silent message of inner contemplation to raise awareness on environmental and social issues – and works by Namara Fiji Arts. Read more (long version available)


Making his first appearance at Maketi Ples is ceramic artist Jimmy Amamao, who is originally from the Goroka area in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Jimmy is a skilled potter who learnt to use a wheel at the Kainantu Pottery project in the Highlands of PNG. Jimmy loves to create new products for the buying market, creating a wide range of ceramic products.

Maketi Ples will also showcase woven works from De Staze Craft Supplies (DSCS), a community based project that empowers women from rural villages in the Gulf province of Papua New Guinea to help promote the traditional weaving talents of PNG women, and offer them a sustainable and dignified income. Read more (long version available)


Maketi Ples 2013 Newsletter