Fiji lacks a decent art market to support our artisans, says renowned Fijian artist Anare Somumu.
He made this comment in an interview with Fiji time On Thursday, after the end of the Fiji Arts Council Beginners Visual Arts Workshop, which he was leading, came to an end.
Mr Somumu said one of the problems faced by artists in Fiji was the art market, or lack thereof.
“One of the biggest hurdles we face as artists is the market,” he said.
“We don’t really have a decent art market here in Fiji.” He said Fijian artists relied on expatriates to make sales.
“Expats aside, locals tend to buy art for decoration.”
He said what Fijian artists really needed was to have a national art gallery so they could maximize their exposure and ultimately attract people who really invest in art.
“We have really talented artists in Fiji. “A lot of senior artists are self-taught and they’re brilliant.
“The problem is that we don’t have a platform to properly exhibit their work.
“With a little more interest in art, a little more funding, we can finally have a national art gallery and give our artists the exposure they need.
“That way they can get noticed and entice serious shoppers to appreciate and buy.”