Melanesia, Art and Encounter

1 October – 25 October 2013

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A display of work by artist Rebecca Jewell made during and after her residency on the Melanesia Art Project at the British Museum (2005–2010).

With the financial support of the Leverhulme Trust, Rebecca Jewell, who has a PhD from the Royal College of Art in Natural History Illustration, worked with the Melanesia Project as Leverhulme Artist in Residence between September 2005 and July 2006. In 2009 she went to Solomon Islands as artist in residence on an expedition with British Museum researcher and anthropologist Dr Liz Bonshek.

Jewell's drawings and prints explore shared histories between the Melanesian Islanders who made the artefacts, the travellers, anthropologists and explorers who obtained them and the museum which now houses them.

This display includes photographs from her trip to Papua New Guinea in 1982, a trip to Solomon Islands in 2009, prints and drawings from the residency and more recent work – printed feathers and headdresses inspired by the British Museum collections from Oceania.

The publication of the research project Melanesia: Art and Encounter, edited by Bolton, Thomas, Bonshek, Adams and Burt, is launched on 11 October 2013 and published by the British Museum Press.

Sepik Figure

Sepik Figure, 2006, Charcoal drawing on paper, Rebecca Jewell.

Related publication

The book Melanesia: Art and Encounter is published by the British Museum Press. 
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