PT&I invites participation in Maketi Ples 2015


If you are an artist, creative craftsman or artisan, here is your chance to display and sell your wares at the high profile art markets of Sydney through Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) event Maketi Ples 2015.<!--more-->
<p style="text-align: left;"><a href=""><img class=" size-full wp-image-5671 alignleft" src="" alt="Maketiples banner" width="138" height="104" /></a>Maketi Ples is an Art and Artisan exhibition held over a two week period in a commercial gallery in Sydney. Maketi Ples through decisive strategies managed by PT&amp;I promotes the work of Pacific Islands based artists and artisans directly to Australian consumers, designers, retailers, importers and the Australian media.</p>
Building upon the successes of the previous three Maketi Ples art exhibitions, PT&amp;I is pleased to announce that Maketi Ples will return as the Creative Art’s keystone event in 2015. The exhibition period will be from August 26 to the September 9.

Products and artifacts sought are carved wooden products – contemporary and traditional art works; contemporary fine art - paintings and 3D works (including fibre or metal works); woven items – mats, bags, headwear, hand fans, baskets, trays, jewellery - body or hair adornments; textiles – barkcloth, tivaevae, hand printed fabric; home-wares – wall hangings, tables, foot stools, light fittings; ceramics - contemporary or traditional.

Entry to Maketi Ples 2015 will be extremely highly competitive due to limited space. To be in the group exhibition ensure that the information provided in the <a href="">EOI</a> tells the story in the best light. Unfortunately there will be no second chance.

Applications are to be made by completing the Expression of Interest which will be reviewed by a four person curatorial panel to exhibit in Maketi Ples 2015. If an application is successful, the applicant will be required to fund their own participation to attend the promotional event for a minimum of one week.

Please feel free to forward this document and Expression of Interest form to anyone who you believe has the capacity to participate in this opportunity.

The criteria for participation in Maketi Ples 2015 are:
<li>Applicant must be an artist, artisan or a group of artisans living and creating in the 14 Forum Island Countries (excluding Australia and New Zealand).</li>
<li>Have a proven sales history of creations/artwork (in domestic, regional or international market).</li>
<li>Have a product or products that have potential saleability in the international market.</li>
If the above criteria apply, complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form (handwritten applications are fine), attach additional information, such as images and return the EOI form before the closing date 15th May 2015. For enquires about the application process, or interest in being a partner or sponsor of Maketi Ples, please contact the Events Manager, Paula Bjelanovic Email : Phone : (+612) 9290 2133 Fax :   (+612) 9299 2151 Applicants will be notified of the final list of applications as determined by the Curatorial Panel within two days after closing deadline. For more information about how PT&amp;I assists Pacific Island businesses, please visit our website <a href=""></a>

<a href="">Download the EOI</a>.