Australian South Sea Islanders are the Australian born descendants of people brought here between 1863 and 1904 to work the cotton and sugar plantations industries. They arrived from eighty Pacific islands, with the majority from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. In 1994 the Commonwealth Government formally recognised Australian South Sea Islander (ASSI) people as a distinct cultural community. Twenty years on this exhibition brings together ASSI artists to creatively explore the hidden and difficult stories associated with ASSI heritage; to promote their unique culture; continued ties with their ancestral islands; and search for family and identity.
From Here and There is an abridged version of the exhibition developed to commemorate ASSI 150, 2013. The exhibition is toured by Blue Sky View.
The exhibition runs from Thursday 7 May – Sunday 7 June, 2015