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School of Art ‘Has World Potential’

The Fiji National University School of Creative Arts has the potential to be recognised internationally as an arts agency. These were the sentiments of FNU project officer, Peter Sipeli, at
07 Sep 2015 09:01
School of Art ‘Has World Potential’
FIji National University Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Rouse (left), during the reopening of the Ratu Iloilovatu Public Art Gallery at the School of Creative Arts FNU Campus at Raiwai last Friday night. Inset: Caroline Rouse (right) during the reopening of the Ratu Iloilovatu Public Art Gallery last Friday night. Photo: Rama

The Fiji National University School of Creative Arts has the potential to be recognised internationally as an arts agency.

These were the sentiments of FNU project officer, Peter Sipeli, at the exhibition of Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery last Friday.

“Tonight is an occasion that will display what FNU is capable of achieving in the field of creative arts,” he said.

“This is a way we can prove to the world that we are an arts agency through the work displayed in the gallery.”

The gallery had been closed for six years.

The exhibition consists of 102 art works. These include old photos from campuses of the FNU like the Agricultural Campus that opened in 1948.

“I worked very closely with the acting Vice –Chancellor, Professor Ian Rouse, and he had moved to become the Vice-Chancellor , I felt that a lot of my projects at the FSM are arts based ,and I wanted to be based here at FNU Raiwai campus,” Mr Sipeli said.

“I came than I fitted myself here and than in February I saw there was a art gallery so I began to talk to several people and then the gallery became my project in February the conservation on how to start a gallery began.

“Rather than just putting pictures up on the wall we started asking ourselves how a gallery enhances education and how we use a gallery to enhance education because it was situated in a school, so we started talking about what we wanted to do, and then it just happened kind of very easily,” he said.

Mr Sipeli said the refurbishment of the gallery turned into the refurbishment of the entire campus.

The exhibition was officiated by Adi Kavu Iloilovatu, the wife of former president, Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu.

Feedback:  arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj


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