Melanesia project

Visitors to the collection

A painting depicting objects which form the central items of exchange in the Trobriand Islands

Samuel Luguna 2006

The Melanesia Project brought Samuel Luguna, an artist from the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea, to the British Museum between 7 May and 31 May 2006.

As a result of viewing the collection, Mr. Luguna painted two works, both acrylic on canvas.

The subject of the paintings furthers his interest in the shell ornaments which are culturally significant in his home province. One of his paintings was donated to the British Museum.

Ralph Regenvanu 2006

The Melanesia Project, painted by Ralph Regenvanu

 

 

 

 

 

The Melanesia Project brought Ralph Regenvanu, an artist from Malekula, Vanuatu to the British Museum between 8 May and 26 May 2006.

He produced one painting and in a statement about his work emphasized the location of objects outside of Vanuatu as something that was of cultural importance.

Mr. Regenvanu made a film about his trip to the British Museum for the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and this will be made available to the project for research purposes. He was the subject of a film interview with the BBC.

His Grace, the Rev. Ikan Rove KBE of New Georgia, Solomon Islands 2005

His Grace, the Rev. Ikan Rove KBE of New Georgia, Solomon Islands

On 17 October 2005 the Melanesia Project welcomed His Grace, the Rev. Ikan Rove KBE, Spiritual Authority of the Christian Fellowship Church of Western Province, Solomon Islands, a leading figure in the economic and cultural development of the province. Rev. Rove was in London to receive a knighthood for services to his country and was accompanied by his wife, secretary and children.

The visit was organised by Professor Hviding of Bergen University, who has worked extensively with Rev. Rove. The visiting party, nine persons in all, were shown a selection of the large and important collection of Western Solomon Islands artefacts, dating to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The visit was filmed by Prof. Hviding and copies will be made available to the Melanesia Project.


Images (from top):

  • A painting, untitled, by Samuel Luguna completed in March 2006. It depicts two armbands (mwali) and one necklace (soulava) which form the central items of exchange in the Trobriand Islands. The objects in the British Museum collection date to the 1800s and continue to be important items today
  • The Melanesia Project, painted by Ralph Regenvanu completed in May 2006
  • His Grace, the Rev. Ikan Rove KBE of New Georgia, Solomon Islands, with Professor Edvard Hviding, University of Bergen, at the British Museum in October 2005. Photo: Liz Bonshek

Supported by

Arts and Humanities Research Council