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Oceania symposium

Short course

Thursday 27 September 2018
11am — 6pm

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Edward Wallis, A Voyage round the World, 1823.

49 by 63cm. Image courtesy of Daniel Crouch Rare Books - crouchrarebooks.com.

This symposium explores the power and diversity of Oceanic art, and the politics of its circulation, interpretation and curation today.

Drawing on the experience of leading scholars, experts and art-world professionals, this one-day symposium aims to offer a unique perspective on the art of the region of Oceania.

Responding to the magnificence, range and dynamism of works in the Oceania exhibition, this international symposium explores spiritual power, social value, style and history through the art of the region, from the earliest times to the present.

Subjects covered will include:

• Voyaging, place-making and encounter through Oceanic genres
• Oceanic aesthetics, performance and exchange
• The violence and cross-cultural fertility of the colonial encounter
• The making of collections from Oceania in Europe
• The revaluation and negotiation of those collections today
• Contemporary engagements with heritage in the Pacific
• Contemporary art from the Pacific on a global stage

Includes exclusive access to the Oceania exhibition throughout the day of the conference.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Thursday 27 September 2018

11am — 6pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£45. Includes a complimentary ticket to the Oceania exhibition.