The event, based mainly at the Atiu Hostel, will include exhibitions, presentations and workshops hosted by artists from countries including Hawaii, New Caledonia, Tonga, the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Tahiti.
Throughout the exchange the artists will also visit schools on the island including Tereora College, Nukutere College and Apii Avarua, giving presentations to the school’s art students.
These visits will allow the artists to share their creative achievements, tell stories as Polynesian artists and inspire and encourage Cook Islands youth to pursue and explore their creativity.
There will also be a public open workshop each day at the Atiu Hostel from 1.30pm as well as an artist’s talk on May 22 where artists will speak about the importance of indigenous art and how it benefits culture, the environment as well as our youth.
Two exhibitions will be held, the first on Tuesday, May 15 which will previous creations by the visiting artists.
The second exhibition, to be held on May 25, will feature work created during the gathering. All artwork for both exhibitions will be for sale.
The annual Putahi artists’ gathering was held for the fifth consecutive year in Tahiti last year.
The event aims to give indigenous people the opportunity to work on themes related to heritage, traditional art practices and contemporary art.
Sponsoring this year’s event are Bergman Gallery, Pacific Ink, Toki Creative, Turama Photography, CITC Liquor and Bluesky.