Originally published in 2002, Pacific Art Niu Sila was the first full-length book to celebrate the vital influence of Pacific peoples in the arts and culture of New Zealand. From the 1950s to the present day, the book covers a range of long-established and contemporary artforms including t 'vaevae, tatau, tapa, film, photography, painting, jewellery, fashion, music and dance. Now more than ever, this book is essential reading for teachers, students and all those interested in the contemporary arts of both New Zealand and the Pacific.
The contributors are all specialists, writing in accessible ways for a broad audience. The general editors, Sean Mallon and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira, first collaborated on Speaking in Colour: conversations with artists of Pacific Island Heritage (Te Papa Press 1997). Sean Mallon is Curator, History/Pacific at Te Papa and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira is Assistant Curator (Pacific) at Auckland Museum.