Artisans from Goroka and Madang, are coming together in an ongoing exchange program, in Madang Town.
The man behind this initiative is Mr. Robert Banasi; a renowned Madang artist and community leader.
Mr. Banasi told PNG HAUSBUNG that during this year’s annual Goroka Show in Eastern Highlands Province, he was fortunate enough to send a couple of Madang artists to display and sell their art.
This is where the idea for the exchange program was born.
“These Artisans have a hard life with little opportunities. On a good day, they may make about K10 or K20 from the sale of their art and craft.”
Mr. Banasi, an artist himself, knows too well the struggle of making ends meet.
“We literally sleep under the trees and go hungry, just trying to sell our art & craft.”
He said this is why this program is very important for artisans, as it provides them with an access to a different market as well as the opportunity to learn and improve their art and craft.
“Organizing such programs, is all done on a voluntary basis so we need to create a win-win situation for
everyone involved; one that is fair so our artisans can earn an honest day’s wage to survive and look after their families.”
Mr. Banasi added that he and other Madang artisans, are all part of the MAM Art Group, based in Madang, that is made up of artistic youth and interested art enthusiasts in and around Madang Town.
Apart from the Artisan Exchange Program, the Art Group is also in talks, to paint murals as part of a beautification program for Madang Town.