Thirty-seven artists from seven Pacific Island nations have launched the most broad-ranging exhibition of contemporary Pacific art ever mounted in Australia.
Jemima Garrett from Radio Australia reports that the Maketi Ples exhibition opened in Sydney before 200 people in an inner-city gallery.
Art lovers sifted through five rooms of works ranging from Papua New Guinea sand painting through to photography, prints, textiles, carving, sculpture, jewellery and weaving.
This is the third time the exhibition has been staged.
Curator Giles Peterson says to Radio Australia that Maketi Ples has become a globally significant event.
"There is a lot of international interest in this exhibition as well, not just in Australia and New Zealand and the South Pacific, but further, into the United States and in Europe."
Maketi Ples is at Sydney's Gobal Gallery until March 10.