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First English translation of Dutch guerilla’s extraordinary memoir of World War II in West Papua

Henri Licht, a Dutch-Australian writer, was the key speaker at the Federal Republic of West Papua (FRWP) Open Day in Docklands on 4 August 2019. Henri had just finished translating Vij Vochten in het bos a WWII memoir by Sergeant

Listing West Papua with UN Decolonisation Committee

Federal Republic of West Papua office in Docklands (Victoria) is urging Australia to vote for a motion in the 2019 General Assembly to register West Papua with the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation, where the self-determination of Non-Self-Governing Territories is

West Papua tree kangaroo features at FRWP Christmas Party

Dr Jemima Amery-Gale, Guest Speaker at the West Papua Rent Collective Christmas Party in Docklands on Sunday 9 December 2018, is a veterinarian (Melbourne University, 2013) deeply concerned about West Papua’s wildlife, which is facing increasing threat from mining, logging,

Deakin University academic on palm oil production in West Papua

Deakin University’s DR EBEN KIRKSEY was keynote speaker at a conference in West Papua’s FRWP office in Docklands on 8 April 2018.  The American scholar’s interest in the Indonesian colony was launched brutally in 1998, when as an exchange student

Journeyman from Chile intrigues West Papuans with cardboard art

I first noticed RAIMUNDO MACKENNA sitting on the floor of the National Gallery in Federation Square.  He was sketching in his notepad. He was focussed, his scribbling was deliberate; maybe professional I thought.  So I asked him if he would

Sampari Art Exhibition & Sale for West Papua, 8-17 December 2017

The 2017 Sampari Art Exhibition and Sale for West Papua opens at 6pm on Friday 8 December, and closes at 5pm on Sunday 17 December. The rich and complex exhibition features inspiring art about West Papua created for the exhibition,

Chicken-and-corn soup in coconut bowls and Timorese coffee with Papua cup cakes mark launch of important book

Bonded through Tragedy, United in Hope, Hilton Deakin with Jim and Therese D’Orsa. May 2017 | RRP $29.95 | Garratt Publishing, Victoria (Australia). “The first detailed account of the interaction of the Vatican, the Indonesian government, the Indonesian Catholic Church,

Visual, sculpture, jewellery, craft artists! Call out for 2017 Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua

The West Papua Women’s Office in Docklands is asking Visual, Sculpture, Jewellery and Craft Artists to consider entering work in the 2017 SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION FOR WEST PAPUA, including the special category of Melanesian Art. The exhibition is showing in

Trevor Grant Scholarship Fund for educating young West Papuans outside their homeland

On 11 December 2016, during the West Papua Rent Collective’s Christmas party, Jacob Rumbiak launched the TREVOR GRANT SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR EDUCATING YOUNG WEST PAPUANS OUTSIDE THEIR HOMELAND.  Trevor Grant, a loyal and generous member of the Rent Collective, inaugurated

Congratulations Emma Thurlow, Winner, People’s Choice Award, 2016 Sampari Art Exhibition & Sale for West Papua

My highland warrior is seen through the telescopic sights of a rifle, his head surrounded by the leaves of his homeland, which also reference organisations that ignore the atrocities committed against these owners of the land [EMMA THURLOW, CATALOGUE] PNG

Melanesian artists rise in solidarity for 2016 Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua

THE 2016 SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION AND SALE FOR WEST PAPUA in the Australian Catholic University’s Art Gallery in Fitzroy in December 2016, hosted by the Federal Republic of West Papua’s office in Docklands, included a special WALL OF MELANESIAN PRINTS. 

SALUTING MELANESIA at the ACU Art Gallery in Melbourne

SALUTING MELANESIA was an exciting ceremonial occasion that brought together communities normally separated by sea-water to celebrate their origins and living cultures.  It began with a solemn kava ceremony, and included young Melanesians born or living in the diaspora talking

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CARTOON EXHIBITION: 2006, the year australia and indonesia lost the battle against west papua

  CARTOON EXHIBITION at 2016 Sampari Art Exhibition & Sale for West Papua ACU ART GALLERY, 26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (2-11 December 2016) An exhibition of twenty-nine works by Australia’s most gifted and beloved cartoonists published in 2006 after the

SAMPARI 2016: artworks, poetry, cartoons, climate talk, film, melanesian culture

SAMPARI 2016 ART EXHIBITION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS ACU Art Gallery, 26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy OPENS  Friday 2 December 2016 : 6pm CLOSES  Sunday 11 December 2016 : 5pm GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 11-6pm Thursday-Friday 11-8pm Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm SAMPARI, the name of the

Visual, media, sculpture, jewellery, craft artists! West Papua’s 2017 Sampari Art Exhibition

The West Papua Women’s Office in Docklands is asking Visual, Media, Sculpture, Jewellery and Craft Artists to consider entering work in the 2017 SAMPARI ART EXHIBITION FOR WEST PAPUA.  This third exhibition is also in the Australian Catholic University Art

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

PETER WOODS won the People’s Choice Award at the Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua. His Papuana Nymphaea is a gouache on watercolour paper that brings to light the suffering of the West Papuans in the setting of Monet’s famous