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Rock~Paper~Scissors. Tiapapata Art Centre to be awarded a grant under the ACP-EU Enhancing the Capacity of Cultural and Creative Industries in the Pacific Scheme: 

Samoa has a rich natural and cultural heritage reflected in a range of highly aesthetic and functional arts and crafts. Rock~Paper~Scissors is a project of the Tiapapata Art Centre which has, as one of its charitable purposes “to promote an understanding and appreciation of traditional Samoan crafts and craftsmanship and to assist with the restoration of arts and crafts no longer widely practiced or understood. Read more.



Activities planned for this project include a series of Stone Tool Making Workshops and Symposia in Samoa from 14 - 25 May 2024 with events open to the public on World Museums Day, 18 May 2024, and World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May 2024.

Field trips will be made to quarry sites and grinding stones in the archipelago and a practical workshop will be conducted on how to make stone adzes and other stone tools.

Our principal instructor for this journey of discovery is Professor Mark W. Moore, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology at the University of New England, Australia.

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The Tiapapata Art Centre, is a unique place where traditional and contemporary arts and crafts are taught and made. Founded in 1989, the art centre is located off the Cross Island Road, also known as Falealili Street. It is 15 – 20 minutes by car from Apia and is on the same upper road leading to the Bahá’í House of Worship. Our property comprises three acres and we have built three Airbnb units to accommodate visiting guests, artists in residence and, if available, WWOOFERs. We also have a multi-purpose art studio and kiln room, an art gallery, a café and a traditional Samoan meeting house known as a faletalimālō. We will also be building a paper art studio in 2024. 

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Visiting artists can apply to use our facilities to create art and can also run special workshops.


Pottery is made using a wheel or hand building techniques with clay imported from various countries. 


Art classes for children are held on Friday afternoons during school terms. 

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Gallery & Café


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