The National, Thursday 20th September, 2012
THE Luk Save Art team will host its 10th anniversary exhibition next week at Crowne Plaza in Port Moresby.
Found in 2003 at the Royal Papua Yacht Club, Luk Save has evolved into the largest celebration of contemporary art in PNG.
It proudly displays work from artists of all ages, training and backgrounds and is, for many, their primary experience of a formal exhibition.
Built on an ethos of inclusion, our international art “rock-stars” stand alongside self-taught talent.
The only rules are that it must be original work, cannot have been exhibited elsewhere and be current.
The quality of the artwork presented has increased dramatically over the history of the event, with many artists stretching boundaries and concepts to deliver their most inspirational pieces for the exhibition.
The incentive to improve and create their best was recognised by Nasfund in 2010 with the addition of the Nasfund Art Award for “best in show”.
Chosen by a panel that draws on academic, artistic and curator experience from Australia and New Zealand, it is a significant prize and has undoubtedly been instrumental in the strengthening of quality presented in the exhibition.
Alongside the show, the Luk Save team produces “The Catalogue”.
This has become a much sort after collector’s item, with copies being held by the National Library of Australia and the Pratt Institute of Art in New York.
Created with the backing and support of Deloitte, it is the sole record of the journey of contemporary art in PNG over the past 10 years.
The exhibition draws together over 230 artworks from drawings and paintings through sculpture, pottery and photography from across the country.
All work presented is available for sale and this is the primary income generating event for the art community each year.