Body to Focus on Educating Young Talent
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.
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.