The Fijian Art Research Project (Click here to visit the website)

Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji is one of the outputs of the research project Fijian Art: political power, sacred value, social transformation and collecting since the 18th century, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC research grant AH/1003622/1). This 3-year project (2011-14) is based at the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (University of East Anglia) and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (University of Cambridge). The six core project personnel were Professor Steven Hooper (Principal Investigator), Dr Anita Herle (Co-Investigator), Dr Karen Jacobs (Co-Investigator), Dr Lucie Carreau (Post-doctoral Research Associate), Dr Andy Mills (Post-doctoral Research Associate) and Katrina Talei Igglesden (p/t Project Administrator/PhD student).

The Fijian Art project has nine project partner museums:

Fiji Museum (Suva, Fiji)

The British Museum (London, UK)

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery (Maidstone, UK)

Musée du quai Branly (Paris, France)

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh, UK)

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA, USA)

Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford, UK)

Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC, USA)

World Museum Liverpool (Liverpool, UK).


The Fijian Art project associate museums include:

American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA)

Auckland War Memorial Museum (Auckland, New Zealand)

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (Bristol, England)

Horniman Museum & Gardens (London, England)

Macleay Museum (University of Sydney, Australia)

Marischal Museum, (University of Aberdeen, Scotland)

Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany)

Museum of Anthropology (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

Museums Sheffield (Sheffield, England)

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (Plymouth, England)

The Hunterian Museum (University of Glasgow, Scotland)

Torquay Museum (Torquay, England)

The Advisory Board, chaired by Professor Nicholas Thomas, included Dr Lissant Bolton (British Museum), Dr Michael O’Hanlon (Pitt Rivers Museum), Professor John Mack (UEA) and HE Solo Mara (Fiji High Commissioner, London)