Auckland’s Sacred Art Studio expands to the Solomon Islands

The Studio of John the Baptist, in Takapuna, Auckland, is planning to establish a Studio of St John the Baptist in the Solomon Islands, to supply quality sacred art in the Pacific.

The bishop of Auki, in the Solomon Islands, Chris Cardone, visited the Studio in 2014 while in New Zealand for a meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Oceania.

After consultation with the Studio about his hopes for a new cathedral, the Studio invited him to send two artists to gain training and experience in sacred art.

In early March, two artists from Auki, in the Solomon Islands spent some time at the Studio.

Liborio Maemauri and Stephen Maetora were sponsored by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand to work at the Studio for three weeks to learn sculpture and iconography techniques.

They come from the island of Malaita in the Solomon Islands.

Both artists have already done work for their local churches.

Throughout the Solomon Islands new churches are being built which will need to be furnished with sacred art.

To achieve this, they will need high quality equipment and supplies, such as brushes, pigments, paper, sculpting and tools.

The Studio will continue to support the Malaita Studio with ongoing consultation and advice.

The are also asking for others to support the initiative.

To make a donation:
Online Banking:
Account number: 12-3072-0357838-000
Reference: Solomon
Cheques payable to: Studio of John the Baptist

All donations will go towards furnishing the new Studio of St John the Baptist in the Solomon Islands with the high quality equipment and resources they will need to produce excellent sacred art.


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