Body to Fo­cus on Ed­u­cat­ing Young Tal­ent

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The Viti As­so­ci­a­tion of Vis­ual Artists (VAVA) will tar­get the young to be trained and ed­u­cated to show­case their tal­ent in the fu­ture.

“There is no schol­ar­ship for vis­ual arts and we would like or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses and other as­so­ci­a­tions to come to­gether and help our young gen­er­a­tion to show­case their tal­ents,” VAVA chair­per­son Adi Mere­tui Ratunabuabua said. Ms Ratunabuabua was speak­ing on Thurs­day at a press con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the as­so­ci­a­tion at the De­part­ment of Her­itage and Arts Con­fer­ence Room at the Vic­to­ria Cor­ner in Suva. She said there was a need to strengthen and stim­u­late the vis­ual arts ex­pe­ri­ence within the com­mu­nity.

Sec­re­tary of VAVA She­rina Bu­la­bal­avu said through em­pow­er­ment peo­ple would be more aware of vis­ual arts.

“Through arts we can give out story mes­sages and help us to raise aware­ness on what arts can do and the peo­ple it­self,” she said

“Art is be­ing cre­ative and we can en­lighten aware­ness in all sorts of is­sues.”

Well- known artist and a di­rec­tor of VAVA War­wick Mar­low said vis­ual art could be used to strengthen peo­ple’s iden­tity.

“We need to bring up Fiji brick by brick and to ad­vo­cate Fiji’s cul­ture and tra­di­tion through vis­ual arts,” Mr Mar­low said.

“It is a heart­warm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to see our plane (Fiji Air­ways) come in with our de­sign on it.”

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion was hop­ing to see more tal­ented peo­ple come for­ward to show­case their tal­ent to the world through their as­so­ci­a­tion.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Newly formed in­terim Board of Di­rec­tors for the Viti As­so­ci­a­tion of Vis­ual Artists (VAVA) (stand­ing from left) War­wick Mar­low, Jerry Wong, Irani Buli; (sit­ting from left) She­rina Bu­la­bal­avu and Chair­per­son Adi Mere­tui Ratunabuabua in Suva on Novem­ber 11, 2017.

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