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Monday March 9th from 5pm - Fondation Bastien

Celebration of International Women's Right Day

Exhibition of paintings by Juliette Pita and Vivien Dunne

Poetry reading by Telstar Jimmy

Food, drinks, kava


Juliette Pita

Born in 1964 on the island of Erromango, Juliette Pita is the first Ni-Vanuatu artist to master the technique of painting on tapestry in 1980. Painting on canvas, tapas and tapestries, inspired by her native island, Erromango, her contemporary creations became a success. She then collaborated with the Nawita association and is exhibiting with various artists since 1994 in Australia, New Caledonia, Switzerland, England, France ...

"Being a woman who makes art as a living in Vanuatu makes me a special artist because people did not think I could succeed using this path. Little by little, contemporary art, whether practiced by a man or a woman, was recognized on my native island. "


Vivien Dunne

Vivien was born in the UK and educated at Oxford Brookes University and The University of Sydney where she has a degree in Human and Environmental Geography. Vivien spent most of her working life in travel and tourism management working for British Airways and Quantas before joining the Executive of the National Parks Association in Sydney. Vivien has lived in Vanuatu for 17 years in retirement. Having enjoyed a lifelong interest in painting she has gone on to become an established artist in both Vanuatu and the UK.

She is an abstract artist and paints acrylic on canvas. Her semi-abstract paintings represent landscapes of Vanuatu. Her work reflects colors, energy and vibrancy of the South Pacific.


Telstar Newman-Jimmy

Born in 1982 - From Banks and Malakula

Ni-Vanuatu poet with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Language & Journalism from USP (Fiji), Telstar Jimmy is an advocate for Pacific creative writers & children’s literature with a Pacific context. Her poetry book, Journey of Truth, has been published in Fiji (2018) and in Vanuatu (2020)