The 2016 Pacific NexGen Artists program will provide regional artists with a global stage to showcase their talents. Successful applicants will be given their own virtual gallery on the Islands Society’s website as well as marketing and communications support to create global awareness for their brand. Participants will also be invited to contribute thought leadership articles about contemporary issues in Pacific art.
Jeffry Feeger – a participant from the inaugural class of 2014 Pacific NexGen Artists – says the program “enables young artists to establish a collective presence. In this way, we can be supportive of each other’s passions and encourage one another’s growth.” He adds that the Islands Society, “gives artists the global marketing and communications platforms that they need to be able to influence the cultural emergence and intellectual growth of the Pacific region.”
The Islands Society is now accepting applications from the following countries, territories, prefectures, and states: Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Niue, Republic of Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, American Samoa, Tokelau, Guam, Timor-Leste, Wallis and Futuna, Hawaii, Okinawa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Prospective applicants should forward a one-page expression of interest, 5-10 high-resolution photos of their best work, and any coverage that their art has received in local media to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17:00 GMT on October 1, 2015.
About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The society’s community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the society’s next generation leader projects help artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists realize their full potential on the world stage.
Through the Pacific Next Generation (NexGen) Artists Program, the Pacific Islands Society (PacSoc) provides talented young artists from regional island communities who are online members of the Pacific Islands Society with a global stage to showcase their talents. Pacific NexGen Artists will be given their own virtual gallery on the PacSoc website as well as marketing and communications support to create global awareness for their art works. They will also be provided the opportunity to publish articles and blog posts to build their brand.
2014 NexGen Artist Program: http://islandssociety.org/projects/next-generation-leaders/next-generation-artists/2013-2014-nexgen-artists/