Fiji Time: 9:27 AM on Sunday 23 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Artist's solo show

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WHEN Waqa Vuidreketi first started producing his art, there were many unknowns before him.

Materials were expensive to come by, local markets for art were not established and in a world concerned with qualification and training, he had neither.

The only two things he was sure of were his passion for craft and his constant need to develop and not restrict himself to one medium of expression.

And after five years honing his technique at art shows in Fiji and around the region, the unassuming Lomanikoro, Rewa native will finally get a chance at his first solo show on Friday in Suva.

His opportunity has been made possible by the Fijians in Need Foundation, which put together Gallery Fiji by Julie Alexander.

As one of its focuses, the foundation — supported by Paralympian Iliesa Delana — encourages and facilitates avenues for Fijians such as Mr Vuidreketi to get into small business ventures.

The exhibition will open on Friday, July 25 from 5pm-7pm, and on Saturday, July 26 from 10am to 2pm at the 3rd Floor of Gurbachan Singh Building on Raojibhai Patel St in Suva.

In an interview with this newspaper, Mr Vuidreketi explained that he created art in mixed mediums using all manner of materials, from masi and paint to potato sacks and green leaves.

He has created 30 pieces of art for the show and hopes to sell them after the event.

Mr Vuidreketi said he used art to communicate the effects of climate change and sea level rise on the people of Rewa.

Mr Waqa knows the local market for artists is rather small so with an eye on the bigger picture, he wants the on-going campaign to support Fiji-made products to extend to the worldwide promotion of artists and their art.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Death probe
  2. Times online uploads moved to 10am
  3. Hotel staff clean up foreshore
  4. LTA warns on permits
  5. Couple give books to cyclone-ravaged schools
  6. EU ready to help
  7. Ruci captures award
  8. Fiji to lead .5 degree challenge
  9. Watchdog warns on pesticide overuse
  10. Efficient service needs

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  4. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. Rugby offer Monday (17 Oct)
  7. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  8. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  9. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  10. My heart cries out Monday (17 Oct)