THE LUK SAVE ART TEAM is pleased to announce that its 10th Anniversary Exhibition will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Port Moresby and will be for the first time open to the general public.
Founded in 2003 at the Royal Papua Yacht Club, Luk Save has evolved into the largest celebration of contemporary art in Papua New Guinea.
It proudly displays work from artists throughout PNG, 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, can not have been exhibited elsewhere and be current, that is, created in the year between shows.
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 produce The Catalogue. This has become a much sort after collectors 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 Papua New Guinea over the past 10 years and is a joyous celebration of the art displayed.
The 10th Anniversary 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. In the past 9 years, Luk Save has paid over K1.8 million direct to artists.
Saturday 22 September: 7pm – Opening Night Cocktail Party, ticket only access. Tickets available from Art Stret Gallery, Steamships Hardware Compound, Waigani. K250 includes a copy of the Luk Save Collection Catalogue, food and drinks
Sunday 23 September: 9am – Open Day, free of charge all day