Tribal Art Fair Sydney + Lecture

The ‘Tribal Art Fair’, presented by the Oceanic Art Society (OAS) will be held on Saturday 17 August from 9am to 5pm in the Cell Block Hall at National Art School (NAS), located on the corner of Forbes and Burton streets in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

For its second year running at NAS the ‘Tribal Art Fair’ will be showcasing a range of traditional and contemporary art and cultural objects from the Oceania region; Papua New Guinea, the Pacific, Australia and South East Asia, including masks, carvings, weapons, artefacts, jewellery, textiles, books, prints and other artefacts.

Matthias Kauage, Dispela Meri (This woman), 1975-76, acrylic painting. Courtesy the Oceanic Art Society, Sydney

A lecture by visual arts collector, researcher and gallerist, Andrew Baker will highlight the event from 1-2pm. Baker will be discussing the life, work and achievements of one of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) most well-known and highly awarded artists, Matthias Kauage O.B.E (1944-2003). As a student, Kauage attended the National Art School in PNG, and his works have been widely exhibited in Australia, Great Britain, Germany and the United States.

The ‘Tribal Art Fair’ is a unique platform for vendors and members of the OAS to share their knowledge and expertise in tribal art and culture while engaging with collectors, buyers and the public.

Formed in 1995, the OAS aims to promote, foster and encourage the development and preservation of Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian art and culture.

Art Fair admission: $3 per person, children under 15 free. Bookings online for the Andrew Baker Lecture: general admission $10, student admission $5.

oceanicartsociety.org.au