Visitors to the collection
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 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
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.