Chapter 10 of the recently published book, Contemporary Perspectives on Art and International Development edited by Polly Stupples and Katerina Teaiwa, has been written by our very own Director, Vanessa Eden. ...
Artist in image: Lambert Ho, Fiji.
Pacific Island Artists Connection
Artist in image: Rako Pasefika, Fiji.
Pacific Island Artists Connection
Artist in image: VOU, Fiji.
Social and economic development through the arts
International artist collaborations
Cultural Tourism Development
Tour and Event Management
Marketing and Public Relations
Research and grant writing
Stakeholders and Clients
Our Creative Partners
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What They Say
"Vanessa Eden is a multi-skilled, hard-working and extremely organised Project and Arts Manager with a passion for sustainability through the arts. One of her many achievements at VOU included raising the international profile of VOU through a very successful 2-month tour of Europe that she organised. As a result of this tour, VOU has received new, long-term work commitments in Asia and Europe."
"Vanessa Eden is a very committed and patient individual with excellent communication skills who can interact seamlessly with a diversity of Fijian, Pacific and international stakeholders. I can always rely on Vanessa to get the job done extremely efficiently and effectively."
"Vanessa Eden is a very methodical and organised individual with a wide range of Project and Events Management and Marketing skills. She is an excellent trouble shooter and always a pleasure to work with."
The Woman behind PIAC
Who We Are
(BSc (Hons), BSc, MSc, MSc, Postgrad Dip)
Director Vanessa Eden is a good all-rounder with skills in Arts and Project Management, Cultural Tourism, Marketing and Research and Data Analysis.
Most recently she worked as a Marketing and Arts Coordinator for VOU Dance Company in Fiji. Her career includes 10 years in the UK in the NGO sector as a Researcher and Information Analyst. Following a move to Australia, Vanessa was a Research Assistant in the Australian Regional Tourism Research Centre at Southern Cross University.
She then spent two years in Fiji as a Cultural Tourism Developer and Arts Coordinator for the Fiji Arts Council, supporting and developing Fijian and Pacific arts. This was followed by several years coordinating events back in Australia and working as a University tutor, whilst continuing to support the Fijian and Pacific arts sector, before returning to Fiji in 2015 to work for VOU.
She is now based in the UK.
Earlier in 2016, Vanessa organised and managed a 2-month tour of Europe for 7 dancers from VOU Dance Company. This kicked off with 3 nights at Glastonbury Festival in the UK and finished with 9 award-winning nights at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.
It is her firm belief that if art and culture are valued and supported through investment, it has the power to interweave its way into a society, resulting in a society economically and socially sustainable and richer. This is why Vanessa has set up PIAC – because she is passionate about supporting the development of the arts and artists in the Pacific and worldwide.
Vanessa has previously worked for the Fiji Arts Council, The Pacific Arts Alliance, and VOU Dance Company in Fiji, and has worked as Tour Coordinator/Manager at the following festivals:
Festival de Martigues, France
Folkart International Folklore Festival, Maribor, Slovenia
Dreaming Festival, Australia
Boomerang Festival, Australia
Melanesian Festival, New Caledonia
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Where in the world
The Pacific Islands
The Pacific Islands are islands in the Pacific Ocean, which is the largest ocean in the world. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east.
The creative industries sector in the Pacific is now a vibrant and flourishing environment with a wide range of extremely talented and skilful artists – musicians, dancers, poets, film-makers, web designers, craft makers – producing contemporary and traditional art as well as a fusion of the two.
Fiji is in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. It is an archipelago of more than 330 islands including Rotuma. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population of almost 860,000. The capital, Suva on Viti Levu, serves as Fiji’s principal cruise port. Fiji was a British colony until 1970, when it gained independence.
Fiji’s main industries are currently its tourist industry and sugar exports, however, the creative industries is a growing sector. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Fiji, you should visit the Fiji Museum’s Virtual Museum which can be found here.
The Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and the country’s capital is Honiara. The Solomon Islands obtained independence from Britain in 1977.
Kingdom of Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga is a sovereign state and consists of 169 islands of which only 36 are inhabited. Tonga stretches across approximately 800 kilometres (500 mi) in a north-south line. It is surrounded by Fiji and Wallis and Futuna to the northwest, Samoa to the northeast, Niue to the east, Kermadec (part of New Zealand) to the southwest, and New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the farther west.
Let's work together
Contact Vanessa Eden through the email or phone number listed below. Or fill up the contact form and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
+44 7470 141 693
7 Valley Road, Newbury, RG14 6ET, UK