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Exhibition a success

Mere Naleba
Saturday, November 24, 2012

THIRTY-FOUR artists are participating in the six-day National Arts Exhibition at the Fiji National University's Raiwai Campus.

More than 70 pieces of art went on display on Monday night and 10 have since been sold.

"It has been a success and the number of people coming in to view the artwork shows the exhibition is a success," said Fiji Arts Council director Laisiasa Veikoso.

Alifereti Malai was announced the 2012 National Fine Art award winner and was presented $2500 in prizemoney while Viliame Vosabeci was named the emerging artist.

"Most of the artists were a bit reluctant at first to take part in this year's show because for three years there was no show but now we are already planning for next year's event," he said.

Mr Veikoso said with the support from stakeholders, the event could become an annual affair.

"One of the setbacks this year is that the artists did not have enough time to prepare for this national exhibition because there were a few other art exhibitions before this one.

"That should not be the case for next year's show."

Mr Veikoso said the aim was to promote talent and provide exposure to both emerging and established artists overseas. The event ends this afternoon.


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