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Council Looks for New Storage Site

Getting a new location to store and display Fijian artifacts is the main aim for the Fiji Arts Council this year. Director of the Council, Peni Cavuilagi said they are
22 Apr 2017 11:59
Council Looks for New Storage Site
Fiji Arts Council Director Peni Cavuilagi on April 20, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Getting a new location to store and display Fijian artifacts is the main aim for the Fiji Arts Council this year.

Director of the Council, Peni Cavuilagi said they are in talks with Government about the project.

“As you can see, we are one of the weakest departments in terms of resources, staff and funding.”

This is a challenge Mr Cavuilagi is taking head-on, given his 10 years of experience as the director of the Department of National Heritage and Arts.

“I hope I can assist in terms of enhancing the work of the arts council.”

Other areas that need urgent improvement is the structure of the council.

“We lack technical expertise and with the new board coming in, they will be in a better position to look at these various aspirations.”

Mr Cavulagi commended the work of all Fijian artists.

“They are working to generate income for themselves and their families – art is the area that provides self-employment,” he said.

Generally, Mr Cavulagi is optimistic about the much improved quality of the work of Fijian artists and the talent out there – especially with the Fijian Made initiative.

The Fiji Arts Council upcoming event includes the National Women’s Expo with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in June and the National Arts Exhibition in September.

The Fiji Arts Council employs six staff and has 17 registered established Visual Artist under the council.

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