8 Sep 2015

Pacific pavilion at Venice Biennale pushed

10:30 am on 8 September 2015

A New Zealand arts academic is pushing for a pan-Pacific pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale, where the region could pool resources to showcase its art.

A creative arts lecturer at Massey University, Simon Mark, says it is too hard and too expensive for many Pacific nations to be represented there.

He says if the Pacific worked together, it could secure a good spot.

"Bringing to the fore this place called the Pacific at the world's leading contemporary art biennale. And I think that in itself has its own benefits as a profile raising of issues, a profile raising of just the brilliance of art practises in the Pacific."

Simon Mark says funding for the pavilion could come out of New Zealand's aid budget.