Visiting Tuvalu artists to showcase skills and knowledge

31 Oct 2018

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Master Fale builder Pualeia Sitaake's Niutao House at the Grassi Museum in Berlin, Germany was built by Pualeia Sitaake and family. Pictured: Ms Sitaake’s son (left) and father (right).

Four master artists from Tuvalu will share their skills and knowledge with the public at an open day at the Pacifica Arts Centre in Auckland on Saturday 17 November.

The artists are visiting New Zealand from 10-18 November as part of Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Heritage Exchange Programme.

Their week-long visit will focus on the exchange of customary practices and knowledge between the master artists, local artists and community groups.  

The master artists specialise in the following practices:

  • Pualeia Sitaake – master fale (house) builder and weaver
  • Vaelei Vaelei – master canoe builder; maker of kafa (coconut sennit rope) and traditional fishing accessories (cast net, scoop nets, gill nets, and net mending) 
  • Tafitoka Filipi – master skirt maker and weaver
  • Luifou Kokea – master weaver (mats, baskets, fans) and handicraft maker.

Tuvalu master artists open day

When: Saturday 17 November 

Where: Pacifica Arts Centre, Corban Estate, 2 Lebanon Lane, Henderson Auckland