PT&I’s Maketi Ples to return in 2012


<p style="text-align: justify;">Building on the success of the inaugural “Maketi Ples – creating opportunities for Pacific Islands based artists and artisans” initiative earlier this year, Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest will bring back Maketi Ples as the Creative Art keystone event in 2012.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Next year’s event will open on Wednesday, February 22 and run until Sunday, March 11.
The event will be held at Global Gallery, 5 Comber Street Paddington, NSW, Australia.

<p style="text-align: justify;">The site lends itself to be the perfect host venue for both artists and visitors alike – not too stiff, a little rustic, warm and welcoming. It is a large open plan gallery located within 100 meters of Oxford Street. Global Gallery is very excited to have Maketi Ples and Pacific Islands based artists and artisans return in 2012.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">If you are a creator, you are invited to apply as a potential participant in Maketi Ples 2012, which promotes the work of Pacific islands artists and artisans directly to Australian consumers, designers, retailers, importers and the Australian media. 
If you are not a creator and might know an artist, artisan or an organisation that would welcome this information, please feel free to pass it on.

<p style="text-align: justify;">To apply download the form complete the Expression of Interest form (EoI) form (including any attachments) and return the completed EoI form before the closing date – 5pm AEST November 14, 2011.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the November 21.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">To participate, the applicant must:</p>

<li>be an artist or artisan living and creating in the 14 Forum Island Countries</li>
<li>have a proven sales history of your creations/artwork (in the domestic, regional or international market)</li>
<li>Have a product or products that have potential salability in the international market</li>
<p style="text-align: left;">For more information about Maketi Ples, please contact the Creative Arts Manager, Ruth Choulai. Email :, Phone : +61 2 9290 2133  ,  
Fax : +61 2 9299 2151