Polynesian Visual Arts;

Meanings and histories in Pacific and European cultural contexts, 1760-1860



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Welcome to the project homepage                                  

Welcome to the website of the Polynesian Visual Arts project, funded by the

Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRC). The project was based at the

University of East Anglia at the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa,

Oceania & the Americas. It encouraged involvement and collaboration with

people working in the field of Polynesian studies, particularly in the

disciplines of anthropology, art history, archaeology, history and

museum studies.  


Project News


The project is now closed. The main funded project ran from 2003-2006, however the final event was the redisplay of the Pacific Encounters exhibition in Paris in 2008. See Conferences and Events for details.


The project was also selected by the AHRC to be one of five case studies presented by them to the Government’s 2007 spending review.


 If you have any comments or information regarding the project, please email s.hooper@uea.ac.uk




This project is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRC)

research grant and is supported by the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU) at the

 University of East Anglia (UEA).


Head of a Staff God

Cook Islands, Rarotonga


Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection.

UEA Norwich

Acquired 1953

Photo. James Austin

Copyright © by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts UEA, Norwich, 2002. All Rights reserved   





The AHRC funds postgraduate and advanced research within the UK's higher education

institutions and provides funding for museums, galleries and collections that are based in,

or attached to, HEIs within England. The AHRC supports research within a huge subject

domain - from 'traditional' humanities subjects, such as history, modern languages

and English literature, to music and the creative and performing arts.








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