Benjamin Work has developed a bold visual language that relates to historic events and symbolism specific to Oceania. Cross-cultural encounters between European explorers in Tonga and the lasting effect of trade and exchange are examined in this exhibition. Viewing rare 18th and 19th century Tongan artefacts contained in European and British museums has informed Workâ€™s current painting series. His new paintings also reflect his research into historic accounts and prophecies surrounding Captain James Cookâ€™s expeditions to the Pacific.
Saturday 15 October, 11am, Joint artists talk with Benjamin Work and Kenneth Merrick, plus a visit to Kennethâ€™s on-site studio.
Corban Estate Arts Centre
2 Mt Lebanon Lane
PO BOX 21 526
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CEAC is open 7 days a week from 10am â€“ 4.30pm, and entry to the exhibitions is free.