SAMPARI 2016: Art Exhibition and Sale for West Papua


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Visual, Media, Scupture, Jewellery and Craft artists

Following the success of its inaugural art exhibition in 2015, the Federal Republic of West Papua (Women’s Office) is calling on Visual, Media, Scupture, Jewellery and Craft artists for the 2016 SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION AND SALE FOR WEST PAPUA (at the ACU Art Gallery in Melbourne, 2-11 December 2016).

West Papua, occupied by Indonesia since 1 May 1963, is a bounty of inspiration and paradox.  It’s a territory of extraordinary physical beauty (being plundered). An ancient landmass of complex geologies (being exploited). A living museum of rare flora and fauna (sold in black markets across Java). The home of an indigenous people whose footprints embed ancient time and space. And the land of our neighbours whose ambition is to be free and independent.

The engagement of Australian and Melanesian artists in this unique land and its courageous people is crucial as the West Papuans approach the climax of their long freedom struggle.

Sampari 2015 attracted glass works, contemporary collage, printing, wirework, photography, film, traditional weaving, mixed media, street sculpture, oil paintings. Half the works sold during the exhibition. In 2016 we are looking for an even more diverse selection; again, inspired by West Papuans, their culture(s), politics, history, or extraordinary maritime and territorial environments.

Submission Deadline, Monday 17 October 2016 (Submission Form below)
No submission fee. Submissions must include photographs of completed work (one per person).
Artworks chosen for inclusion will be on sale to the viewing public unless otherwise specified by artist. Proceeds of sales shared 50/50 between Artist and FRWP Women’s Office.

EMAIL; TEL (03) 9049 9590; WEB

SAMPARI 2016, ARTIST CALL OUT (PDF, for printing)
Sampari 2016. Additional information for artists (PDF, for printing)


In 2015, the people of the Melanesian nations fought for (and won) a bitterly contested battle over West Papua’s inclusion in the Melanesian Spearhead Group and Pacific Island Forum. Recognition by these two inter-governmental fora is the first formal acknowledgement of West Papua’s independence movement since the beginning of the Indonesian occupation in 1963.

SAMPARI 2016 celebrates the unique political support, and sacrifice, of their Melanesian kin, and has reserved one wall of the exhibition space for (scanned) submissions from Solomon Islanders, ni-Vanuatu, Papua New Guineans, Fijians, and especially the Kanaky of New Caledonia who are preparing for an independence referendum in 2018.

Melanesian artists have a unique perspective on West Papua. They see a war zone where brown-skinned people with frizzy hair like themselves are being murdered for raising a flag. They see a kin state bursting with songsters and poets and imaginative resistance to Indonesia’s genocidal policies. They see tiny isolated villages struggling to survive within a militarized colonial space. They see unique flora and fauna stifling in the shadow of the biggest gold-and-copper mine in the world. They understand their artwork as strong-arming their politicians for their next monumental battle, to relist West Papua on the UN Decolonisation List in September 2016.

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In 2016, the FRWP Women’s Office is again hosting a series of Sampari Forums in the ACU Art Gallery during the exhibition. The forums increase the audience for the visual arts exhibited, and provide space for the exposure of other artists like Poets, Songsters, Musicians, Writers, Activists and Intellectuals to discuss and debate the numerous issues associated with West Papua’s independence and Self-Determination.

SAMPARI POETRY, Saturday 3 December 2016 : 1-3.30pm
MELANESIAN CULTURE DAY, Sunday 4 December 2016 : 1-3.30pm
DEBATE: SHOULD WEST PAPUA BE INDEPENDENT?, Thursday 8 December 2016 : 6-8pm
FILM: MARK WORTH’s LAND OF THE MORNING STAR, Friday 9 December 2016: 6-8pm
SAMPARI MUSIC, Saturday 10 December 2016 : 1-3.30pm

Featured Image: Sandra Colditz and Bronwen Bender 2016

2015 SAMPARI: reports, reviews, images, biographies, photos, audio-recordings, transcripts

Welsh artist enters wire-portraits of West Papuan political prisoners in Sampari Art Exhibition

Australian Army Major fuses glass for West Papua

Peter Woods wins People’s Choice Award at Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua


MT CARSTENSZ (NEMANGKAWI) FORUM: social and environmental impacts wrought by foreign exploitation of natural resources in Mt Carstensz and the highlands communities of West Papua (audio recordings, transcripts, images)

Author Bruce Pascoe: on West Papua and his Ruby-eyed Coucal

‘A Dowry for the Sultan’ by Lance Collins: Bishop Hilton Deakin launches new historical novel at West Papua Rent Collective Christmas Party

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