Under normal circumstances, the National University of Samoa’s visual art students showcase their final projects in a space available on campus transformed to a makeshift gallery space but due to COVID-19, 2020 has been anything but normal. Despite a challenging semester that require students to create their art projects remotely, away from a studio space, resources and close interaction with their lecturer and peers students were able to communicate and in response, the Le Papaigalagala Virtual Art Gallery has been created for students to showcase their final art works online.
This year, while we were unable to be together in person to celebrate, we are excited to share the work of our students online. I feel proud and deeply privileged to see the creative vision of a new generation of emerging student artists showcase their work.
Covering a range of media, subject matter and concepts that focus on their experiences during COVID 19, aesthetics, identity, and the social and environmental concerns, visitors can explore art works by students graduating from NUS. Featured as well are exhibits from our past graduates enrolled in the National University of Samoa Visual Art Programme, under the Faculty of Education. Art Exhibitions are held annually featuring the works of senior undergraduate visual art students. The virtual art gallery features current exhibitions and provides navigation to view exhibitions of the past.
The Le Papaigalagala Virtual Art Gallery aims to provide art enrichment and advocates art making as a healthy creative outlet and promotes the arts.
Professor Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma
Vice-Chancellor and President
National University of Samoa
For further information contact:
Curator and Senior Lecturer Visual Arts
Faculty of Education
National University of Samoa
685 20072 Ext 349
Final Art Catalogue: Your future – Our Place: O lou lumana'i – O le ta faásinomaga
Art Agency Projects
Commonwealth Youth Games 2020
Art Agency creation of banners and costumes for Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
CSSP 2nd Annual CSO-PUBLC JOINT FORUM 24, March 2016
Front Row: Graham Ah Him, Leua Latai, Leala Mose Uaita
Back Row: Ieremia Tuúpo, Grace Tufuga and Craolyn Krieg
Art Agency members celebrating recognition of their award at Le Tanoa Hotel, CSSP 2nd Annual CSO-PUBLC JOINT FORUM 24, March 2016; Innovative Learning and Capacity Building NUS Art Agency, Award of Excellence to acknowledge contribution in the development of vulnerable communities and advocating for the voice of the voiceless through innovative and well managed projects funded by the Government of Australia and European Union through the Civil Society Support Programme.
Commissioned work for Afega Catholic Church-2015
Sam Salue and Leua Latai putting final touches to the Right wing mural – “The 3 Magi’s”
Community work by Leua Latai, Fereti Tuese and Sam Salue (NUS Visual Art Students) 2015
SIDS Conference 2014
SIDS CONFERENCE, Art Agency – NUS Visual Art students from the Faculty of Education exhibiting their artworks at the SIDS Conference. Initiative was funded by UN, UNDP, FAO, UNESCO, SBEC & YEP 2014