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Inmate Scoops Best Award At University

Inmate Scoops Best Award At University
July 21
12:30 2018

Tagimoucia Art Gallery artist, Aisake Amoe, was named the most outstanding artist at a University of the South Pacific (USP) art exhibition held this week. Amoe’s piece titled “Fast Track,” depicted the many things happening around the Pacific today. It took him two weeks to complete.

In his painting brief, Amoe stated that, “… in order for people to unite under one banner to achieve one common goal, they must first break down barriers and that many of the problems people have are within them and that making choices was a personal decision”.

Deputy Commissioner of Corrections Senior Superintendent Apimeleki Taukei said their art gallery under the guidance of their volunteer Mrs Jane Ricketts had been the breeding ground for some outstanding artists.

He said Amoe with fellow artist from the Tagimoucia Art Gallery, Pauliasi Delaibatiki both made the cut for the eight finalists whose works of art were exhibited at the new Oceania Arts Center Gallery, which also opened this week.

“Both Amoe and Delaibatiki are inmates at the Suva Corrections Centre and are part of the Fiji Corrections Service Rehabilitation Programmes at the art gallery,” he said.

Mr Taukei said their rehabilitation programme was all about trying to upskill inmates in preparation for the outside world so they could make an honest living.

He thanked the USP Oceania Art Center for giving the two artists the opportunity to expose their talents in a public forum. The Oceania Arts Centre in USP director, Dr Frances Vaka’uta, said Amoe and Delaibatiki’s works were outstanding and unique. However, he said Amoe’s piece won because of the presentation in detail.

“You must look at it closely to fully appreciate and understand why this was the best painting submitted,” he said.

The art competition and exhibition was organised to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the University of the South Pacific and invited submissions from the 12-member countries of USP. Edited by Percy Kean



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