Loading Events

Paradise Palette Haus Piksa 2020

4 November 2020 - 15 November 2020

  • This event has passed.


4 November 2020
15 November 2020
Event Category:

The Royal Queensland Art Society and Petrie Terrace Gallery are delighted to be hosting the Paradise Palette Exhibition. This year it will also include a film festival, Haus Piksa.

Gallery opening hours Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-3:30pm



A glimpse into the colourful lives and history of Papua New Guinea with Paradise Palette: Haus Piksa Film Festival and Art Exhibition.


Paradise Palette: Haus Piska is an art exhibition and film festival featuring over 150 vibrant and colourful artworks by emerging and established Papua New Guinea artists

An explosion of colour, this is the fourth year the successful exhibition has toured to Brisbane, and provides art-lovers, gallery visitors and others the opportunity to see a glimpse into contemporary PNG life.


Bold works by Michael Taium and Robert Kua capture traditional culture and village life in extraordinary detail, while intricate tribal patterns and bright colours feature in stylised works of wildlife and quirky everyday subjects by Jane Wena, Kuiye Siune and Rose Siune.


Established by accomplished Australian curator and photojournalist Don Wotton, this year’s exhibition has been expanded to include an accompanying Film Festival, including over 30 films. The complementary film festival brings a new dimension to the fine arts of PNG on display at the Gallery. Highlights include a selection of documentaries that examine the social impacts modern western technology has had on PNG’s traditional cultures, and the rapid development the country has undergone since gaining national independence.


Despite the challenges of COVID-19, a mammoth effort was undertaken by Mr Wotton and a dedicated group of PNG artists and supporters to bring the exhibition to Australia.


“In a year marred by drought, bushfires and the closure of international borders due to COVID, there were times I wasn’t sure if this exhibition was going to be possible,” said Mr Wotton.


“Many of the artists have also been self-isolating in their home villages, remote from Port Moresby, making communication and collection of the artworks difficult on top of the travel restrictions. But the arts community has rallied together, and the end result is sure to bring some much-needed colour into our lives.”


This year’s exhibition will also include a special retrospective display of previously un-exhibited works by late pioneer artists John Siune and Mathius Kauage. The new Caxton Street rooftop venue – The Rockket Garden will also provide a convivial outdoor setting for the screening of a number of feature films from PNG during the course of the exhibition.


Whether your interests are in ethnography, contemporary art, interior design or film-making, or you are simply drawn by curiosity as to what life in PNG is like there is something for people of all backgrounds and age groups.


The exhibition also looks to directly support PNG arts communities – with much-needed sales set to support the local artists.


“Proceeds from the sales of artworks and tickets to the films will directly support the Tambura Visual Arts Association”, said Mr Wotton.


For interviews or media enquiries, please contact Sofie Ham on 0402 728 127 or email: sofie.ham@gmail.com


Paradise Palette Haus Piksa is made possible by the generous support of

Air Niugini, Brisbane City Council and the Royal Queensland Arts Society.





EXHIBITION DATES: 4-15 NOVEMBER 2020 at The Petrie Terrace Gallery



The Rockket Garden

2 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane:

Movies will be screened daily at 12 midday and 7 pm at night.

$10 pp.

The Royal Queensland Art Society (Brisbane Branch) is

Proudly supported by 

Brisbane City Council