weaving climate awareness through art
‘Cli-mat: Weaving climate awareness through art’ is a collaboration of artists and staff from the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies of the University of the South Pacific, students from Uluinakorovatu Primary School on Beqa Island, and a group of students from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
In addition to painting, photography and multimedia, the exhibition of original works also includes sculptures, assemblages, and woven mat-based art, all using recycled rubbish and other found materials. The works explored the effects of climate change and environmental challenges faced by Fiji and other Pacific nations, including sea level rise, mangrove degradation, and pollution.
The students, staff and artists, including master carver Paula Ligairua, travelled to Beqa Island for the project. There, they worked with the students of Uluinakorovatu Primary School on the works displayed in the gallery from July through September, 2015. This virtual exhibition preserves the work and records the event.