A collection of photographs from the 2016 GE Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue, showcasing the young leaders which attended and the exhibition which inspired the theme of the 2016 Dialogue – “No 1. Neighbour: Art in PNG 1966 – 2016”.

 

The first day of the Dialogue began with introductions and discussions.
The second day of the Dialogue began with a tour of the exhbition from Ruth McDougall, curator.
Participants saw art from Papua New Guinea spanning fifty years, including expressions of identity, political statements, and pieces which articulate the deep level of engagement that Papua New Guineans have with Australia, such as this painting by East Highlands artist Simon Gende, entitled “Leadership tussle in Australia RUD V GILLARD 27.2.2012.”
This work, “Beroana (Shell Money)” by Taloi Havini, explores indigenous knowledge systems, connection to land, colonialism and conflict, and the impact of mining on Bougainville.
Afterwards, the participants broke into small groups to brainstorm recommendations, sitting beneath a sapling of the Bodhi tree under which Buddah found enlightenmen
Following this, participants attended a networking session with industry professionals. Photograph: Paul Harris, Seesaw Photography.
A panel was then held in the exhibition space, chaired by Sean Dorney, and featuring Amanda Donigi (Stella Magazine), David Bridie (Musician), Jeffry Feeger (Artist), and Ruth McDougall (QAGOMA Curator). Photograph: Paul Harris, Seesaw Photography.
The cocktail function brought the Dialogue to a close, providing participants with an opportunity to have informal discussions. Photograph: Paul Harris, Seesaw Photography.
Photograph: Paul Harris, Seesaw Photography.
Photograph: Paul Harris, Seesaw Photography.

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Research Associate, Lowy Institute

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Harriet Smith is a Research Associate in the Melanesia Program, where she works primarily on the Aus-PNG Network. She holds a Master of International Studies from the University of Queensland.