Papua New Guinea Artists Exchange

PPP was excited to be a partner in the cultural exchange featuring three talented artists from the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea  in the Summer of 2016.

The artists included Nancy Wani a talented Bilum Maker, Claytus Yambon and Edward Dumoi two master carvers.

Our guests were hosted in Victoria for just over a week (June 14 – June 27, 2016) before heading to Vancouver (June 27- July 08, 2016).

From March 12 to April 13 the Navigating New Directions: Modern Masters of the Sepik River of Papua New Guinea exhibit at Alcheringa Gallery explored how the influx of technology influenced change in even the most remote places of the world. This exhibit featured work from Claytus Yambon and Edward Dumoi, as well as long time PPP friend Teddy Balangu. Click here to go to Alcheringa's website.

In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea. This exhibit at the UBC Museum of Anthropology took place from March 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017, vividly illustrating the rich culture and deep rooted relationships of life on the river while bringing awareness to the current environmental issues that are threatening their ways of being. Click here to visit MoA's website to find out more.

PPP acknowledges the support and partnership of The Christensen Fund, the Province of BC, Alcheringa Gallery, Indigenous Governance at UVIC, and the UBC Museum of Anthropology.


Our hope is that our guests had a rich holistic experience where North-South connections were fostered and cultural knowledge exchanged. PPP was very excited about the opportunity to partner with different people, groups, and organizations within the community to provide cultural programming and events. The following is a list of partnerships, events, and projects that took place in 2016:

Aboriginal Cultural Festival – June 17-19

  • Canoe opening
  • Carving demonstration
  • Film screening

Alcheringa Gallery

  • Carving/bilum demonstrations
  • Artist events

Indigenous Governance Program UVic

  • Canoe carving

Indigenous Youth Arts Program, Open Space Gallery

  • Day on the land

Museum of Anthropology – June 27 – July 8

  • Various programming in Vancouver