AWIS Artis Blong Vanuatu
In July 2014, Ona and Arthur Filloy, with the help of Simix Simeon, the leader of the Matoso village artists group, turned their rented cottage in Port Vila into a productive workshop creating the colourful prints in the exhibition.
After a month of laughter and lots of hard work, they returned to Brisbane with over 100 pieces of art, some of which are displayed in the exhibition.
Ona and Arthur’s mission is to bring Mataso art to the world, to eventually establish a permanent workshop to further develop their skills and sell their art.
This would enable the artists to gain an ongoing income to benefit themselves and the Mataso community as a whole.
The exhibition Awis — Artis Blong Vanuatu is presented with the help of Arthur and Ona and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.
It is an awareness- and fund-raising event to support this worthy cause. The recent impact of Cyclone Pam has magnified their plight and any donations received will be directed to the Mataso Community Relief Fund.
Image: David KOLAN, Fis Blong Aelan (Island Fish), inkjet print 1/45, 2014. Image supplied by Arthur Filloy.
Also showing is Gubbi Gubbi Gun'doo Yang'ga'man.