The Red Wave Collective: The Process of Creating Art at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture

dc.contributor.author Higgins, Katherine en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-28T21:02:41Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-28T21:02:41Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, is a space where Oceanic identity is expressed through painting, sculp- ture, music, and dance. For a decade, artists have been expressing a burgeoning Oceanic identity infused with traditions and histories expressed in the contempo- rary period through art. The founder and director, Epeli Hau‘ofa, has nurtured a space for Oceanic arts that encourages a participative process of learning that speaks to the potential of each individual while simultaneously forming a dedi- cated community of artists learning from one another. What is unique about the Oceania Centre is the process of creation in which artists are forming and asserting their identity. This identity is respectful of and concerned with traditions, his- tories, current conditions (cultural, social, and political), and overall experience of Oceania. The process of participative creative exchange at the Oceania Centre is integrated throughout its painting, sculpture, dance, and music programs to produce expressions that move like waves with the fortitude and force of the ocean. As with any process, the creativity at the center is dynamic and not limited to the contemporary or traditional. The art evolves. It invites the ancestors into conversations in the present to dream of the future. Beginning with a brief history and introduction to Hau‘ofa’s vision, this article focuses on the Red Wave Collec- tive, the group of painters and sculptors practicing at the Oceania Centre. These artists arrive at the Oceania Centre from different walks of life. Their qualification to join: experience of life as an Oceanian. Excerpts from interviews with some of the Red Wave painters and sculptors offer a glimpse into the value of participative learning space and the dynamic process of creativity at the Oceania Centre. en_US
dc.format.extent 36 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Higgins, K. 2009. The Red Wave Collective: The Process of Creating Art at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture. The Contemporary Pacific 21 (1): 35-70. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/15333
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals en_US
dc.title The Red Wave Collective: The Process of Creating Art at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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