Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu exhibition to open

JP Niptick work in progress.
JP Niptick work in progress.

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s show, the 2018 ‘Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu’ Portrait Prize/Exhibition will open on Wednesday, August 8 at 5pm at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery on Pango Rd.

Throughout art history the portrait has been a means for the artist to record stories of people, places and the subject’s impact on their lives.

Grace Vera Molisa by Raine Kalotiti.
Grace Vera Molisa by Raine Kalotiti.

Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu’ portrait exhibition attempts to show and tell positive stories of people from Vanuatu from an artist’s point of view.

The gallery invited artists to participate in the exhibition/prize by submitting a portrait of their chosen Ni-Vanuatu people as the subject.

“The subjects within the artworks are required to be someone known to the artist, who inspires the artist or (for identity/cultural reasons) imagination in the artist’s mind,” said a spokesman.

“Equally important to the artwork is the story about the subject which is required to accompany the portrait and give the viewer further insight into who the subject is to the artist.

Tabu - portrait of a beaten woman, by  Maria Pietri-Lalor.
Tabu – portrait of a beaten woman, by Maria Pietri-Lalor.

“Aiming to provide greater outcomes and access to arts materials for artists, the gallery has received great support from Bred Bank, the Australian High Commission, Darren Billings Picture Framing, Island Property and more via donations of artist prizes.”

Prizes will be judged across various categories/mediums by selected judges considering the combined quality/connection of the artwork and the story.

Additionally, there will be a people’s choice award as voted on by visitors to the gallery and an acquisitive prize.

Rosemary by Busi Vasconcellos.
Rosemary by Busi Vasconcellos.

Opening evening will coincide with the Fondation’s monthly fundraising event and will feature art, kakae, kava and drinks. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

Further information can be found on Facebook: Fondation Suzanne Bastien or phone: 24991

The ‘Yu Luk Mi Luk Yu’ exhibition closes on August 30.