Fiji, Scotland and the Making of Empire: A special exhibition at Kings Museum, University of Aberdeen

Suspension hook carved as paired female figures, from Tonga/Fiji, late 18th/early 19th century- Aberdeen University Museums collection

Suspension hook carved as paired female figures, from Tonga/Fiji, late 18th/early 19th century- Aberdeen University Museums collection

Aberdeen University Museums, who are one of the core partners in the Pacific collections review project, currently have a fantastic exhibition Fiji, Scotland and the Making of Empire. The exhibition is at Kings Museum, situated on campus at University of Aberdeen, and runs until the 23rd of May and entry is FREE. http://www.abdn.ac.uk/museums/exhibitions/4504/

It is an unmissable opportunity to see the University museum’s stellar collection from Fiji. The exhibition is a collaborative endeavour of the University of Aberdeen Museums and the Fijian Art project. Fijian Art is a major research project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and based at the Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia, and the University of Cambridge. It aims to promote public awareness and appreciation of Britain’s internationally significant collections of Fijian Art.

As part of the exhibition program, there have been three special posts on the University of Aberdeen Museums blog which you can read here:

http://uoamuseums.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/connections-fiji-and-scotland/

http://uoamuseums.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/meet-the-gordons/

http://uoamuseums.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/connections-past-and-present/

On Tuesday 8th April, 7.30 -9pm, there will be a free public lecture at Kings Museum entitled Collecting Fiji: Gordon, MacGregor and the Aberdeen connection delivered by Professor Steven Hooper of the University of East Anglia. Professor Hooper is the Director of the Sainsbury Research Unit, Principal Investigator for the Fijian Art Research Project and Co-curator of King’s Museum current exhibition. More details here http://www.abdn.ac.uk/museums/events/4834/

– Eve

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