Latest News for: Tonga art


Women 'ignite a fire' to keep cultural traditions alive

RNZ 21 Feb 2021
"Then we started thinking, 'let's go bigger; we have seen these smaller things being made overseas but we haven't seen a ngatu being made outside of Tonga', the real authentic ngatu." ... The artist behind this creation, Mele Tonga-Grant, said she made it for her children who are of both Tongan and Māori descent.

Giant, Fruit-Gulping Pigeon Eaten into Extinction on Pacific Islands

Heritage Daily 22 Jul 2020
A large fruit-eating bird from Tonga joins the dodo in the lineup of giant island pigeons hunted to extinction ... Tonga’s four ... “There wasn’t a plant on Fiji or Tonga that Art didn’t know, including all of the pigeon-dispersed fruits,” Steadman said.

state of the arts

The Independent 03 Jul 2020
Street Art Boy, by director Ben Anthony, tells his story and reveals why, 30 years after his death from an Aids-related illness at the age of 31, his work bestrides popular culture like a bespectacled colossus ... Cultural appropriation? Who is allowed to tell the story of the Tonga. How the art world can step up for Black Lives Matter.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki appoints new curators

Scoop 20 Dec 2019
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki announces the appointments of Dr Sophie Matthiesson as Senior Curator International Art and Ane Tonga as the Gallery’s inaugural Curator Pacific Art ... .

Curating change with a Kupe Leadership Scholarship

Scoop 08 Jul 2019
Ane Tonga started curating while she was a student at Elam School of Fine Arts. In her role as a Tuakana mentor at the University of Auckland, she put together her first exhibition to showcase the art of Māori and Pacific students at the George ... .

Morehouse College grads are surprised by a billionaire's promise to pay off their student loans

CNN 20 May 2019
The announcement was met with a standing ovation and chants of "MVP!" ... ... Art major Charles Releford III also has numerous siblings, and his mother, Tonga, wants them all to be part of the "Spelhouse family," meaning they hope to attend Morehouse or the nearby all-women's Spelman College ... He's also donated millions to cancer research and the arts ... .
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