2 August 2011

Research project: Fijian Art

Fijian Art: political power, sacred value, social transformation and collecting since the 18th century, a UK-based research project, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), began on 1 May 2011. 

The 3-year project, hosted by the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, will examine the extensive collections of Fijian art and associated photographs and archives held in museums in the United Kingdom and overseas. 

The dynamic diversity of Fijian art since the 18th century will be revealed through a series of publications and exhibitions.

Nine museums with significant Fijian holdings are project partners: The British Museum (London), Fiji Museum (Suva, Fiji), Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery (Maidstone), Musée du quai Branly (Paris), National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh), Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Massachusetts), Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford), Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) and World Museum Liverpool (Liverpool).

Project personnel will be pleased to hear from museum curators responsible for Fijian material and whose institution wishes to collaborate with project research.  Among the aims of the project is to enhance existing museum records via expert identification and analysis.

Please visit our website www.fijianart.sru.uea.ac.uk or email fijian.art@uea.ac.uk  for more information.

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