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, as well as a unique information exhibition of words and old photos from West Papua during World War Two.

ACU Art Gallery
26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (Melbourne)

ACU Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm

Entry to Sampari Art Exhibition is free. Donations accepted for Sampari Events in the Gallery.

Robin Vote: tel 0413 802 612
FRWP Womens Office: tel 0420 250 389; email < >

FRWP Women’s Office is again hosting a series of forums in the gallery during the Sampari 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.

Opening, Sampari Art Exhibition & Sale for West Papua
Friday, 8 December, 6pm

Christmas Party, West Papua Rent Collective
Saturday 9 December, 1-4pm

Launch, Exhibition, World War Two West Papua
Sunday 10 December, 1.30-3pm

Debate: Should Australia support West Papua’s independence?
Wednesday 13 December, 6-8pm

The Venus Forum: Stories of the Morning Star
Thursday 14 December, 6-9pm

Spoken Word for West Papua
Friday 16 December, 6-8pm

Melanesian Culture Day
Saturday 16 December, 1-4pm

Saturday 9 December, 1-4pm.

Good food & Good info for New friends and Old

The Christmas Party is one of three Open Days a year where members of the West Papua Rent Collective meet to catch up on the liberation struggle they work so hard to support.

The Collective is a unique galaxy of Australians investing in West Papua’s future as an independent Melanesian state. Their membership ($30/month or $360/annum) pays for the FRWP’s five-star-energy office on the Yarra River at 838 Collins St, Docklands.
RSVP (for Dapur Sampari catering)  tel 0420 250 389;  email < >
IMAGE Tom Latupeirissa Torres Islander & Morning Star flag Victorian Arts Centre, 24 Feb 2017

Sunday 10 Dec 2017 : 1.30-3pm

An exhibition of words and old photographs from Nederlands Nieuw Guinea (West Papua) 1942-1945.

Federal Republic of West Papua
New Zealand Army
Australian Defence Force
ABC journalist (ret.)

This exhibition illustrates the skill and loyalty of armed and unarmed West Papuans despite the devastation heaped upon them and their land during the Japanese and Allied occupations of World War Two.  In the central highlands, the Oaktree intelligence team (including two Papuan women) traced the Japanese for eleven months, its reports ending up in the Allied Intelligence Bureau in Melbourne.  Further north, the Mandatjan Brothers, working the Arfak tribal lands, were parachuted hundreds of guns by General MacArthur’s taskforce; and in 1944 formed the core of the PVK military force of four hundred West Papuans assigned with ‘mopping up’ operations. US General Eichelberger’s arresting account of the Allies occupation of Hollandia (current-day Jayapura) is but one small measure of the impact of the war and weight of foreign footprints:

Hollandia, converted into an immense military and air base, became one of the great bases of the war. Sides of mountains were carved away, bridges and culverts were thrown across rivers and creeks, gravel and stone were poured into sago swamps to make highways as tall as Mississippi levees. Tremendous docks were constructed; 135 miles of pipeline led over the hills to feed gasoline to the airfields. Where I had seen a few native villages and an expanse of primeval forest, a city of 140,000 men took occupancy (Our Jungle Road to Tokyo, 1950)

CONTACT  Louise Byrne < > Tel 0424 745 155
IMAGE Gunner Lloyd Moore of Dubbo with a Timor Pony foal, Merauke, April 1944 (‘Scarlett and the Village Maiden Handicap’, Australian War Memorial )

Should Australia support West Papua’s independence?

Wed 13 Dec 2017 : 6-8pm

Melbourne University Debating Society v West Papua Rent Collective

Moderator: Dr Jonathan Benney (Debating Association of Vic.)

In 1962, the United Nations, with Australia’s vote, violated its ‘sacred trust obligations’ and over-rode a well-managed and well-funded self-determination program in West Papua, a non-self-governing territory administered by the Netherlands. Seeking the richest gold-and-copper field in the world, the United States forced the UN to transfer the administration to Indonesia, thereby assigning the welfare of 770,000 indigenous Melanesians to an unstable highly militarized Asian state.  America and Australia—then and now—ignore their ‘State Responsibility’ obligations to prosecute against Indonesia’s genocidal policies that are reducing the indigenous owners of the land to a ‘small dwindling minority’.

Inquiries Louise Byrne Tel 0424 745 155; Email < >
Image young freedom fighter in west papua, with family permission
Design  PSYSKIP Graphic Design (Berlin); Jack Byrne, Australian National University (Canberra)

Thursday 14 December 2017 : 6pm

Exploring West Papuan beliefs about the Morning Star, as well as the stories and traditions of the Jewish, Christian, Torres Strait, and Scientific cultures.

Yoram Symons
Rabbinical scholar

Chris Rudge
The Melbourne Observatory

Dr Robert Wolfgramm
Biblical scholar from Fiji

Cultural Custodian
Torres Strait Islands

Ronny Kareni from West Papua
Pacific Studies, ANU (Canberra)

Ivone Bukorpioper (Commère)
FRWP Womens Office, Docklands

Venus, as the Morning Star, is a prominent character on the independence flag raised by West Papuans on 1 December 1961. The celebrated celestial being they call Sampari is important in the Biak mytho-historical account because he gave them the key to salvation and eternal life.

Inquiries Jude Kohn 0405 003 977, Louise Byrne 0424 745 155
Reserve a seat (limited to 80)
Image Skye Williams ‘Morning Star’ 2016

Friday 15 December 2017 : 6-8pm

Where Melbourne’s famous poets inspire a bounty of imagery and knowledge about West Papua

…. As a bounded territory of extraordinary physical beauty (being plundered) ….. As an ancient landmass of complex geologies (being exploited) ….. As a living museum of rare flora and fauna (being flogged in black markets) ….. As the homeland of a people whose footprints litter ancient time and space, whose political ambition is determining new geo-political domains.

Inquiries Kylie Supski < >; Louise Byrne 0424 745 155

Saturday 16 December 2017 : 1-4pm

A day for Melanesians living in Australia (from West Papua, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, PNG, Maluku, Kanaky, Torres Strait) to perform the histories and cultures that make them unique and the ceremonies, music and foods that have bonded them for aeons.  The communities are in Melbourne because of study or work, with few opportunities to celebrate their origins and living cultures.

Saluting Melanesia begins with a solemn kava ceremony, followed by young Melanesians talking about their cultural experiences, dancers performing their traditions, singer-songwriters telling tales about the past and the future, and, of course, a dazzling display of recipes.



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Barbara Tipper’s ‘Gift of Love’
2017 Sampari Art Exhibition





Federal Republic of West Papua in Docklands
211/838 Collins St, Docklands, Victoria 3008
TEL  0420 250 389;  EMAIL
FACEBOOK  Sampari Exhibition

West Papua Rent Collective
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Account Name Australia West Papua Association (Melbourne); BSB 063162; ACC 10300635