Duchess of Sussex at Opening of ‘Oceania’ Exhibition

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The Duchess of Sussex attended the opening of ‘Oceania’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on September 25th. ‘Oceania’ is the first ever major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom, celebrating the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, encompassing the vast Pacific region including New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand, and bringing together around 200 works from public collections worldwide, spanning over 500 years. During the visit, the Duchess received a tour of ‘Oceania’, spending time viewing exhibits from different regions including New Zealand, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and Australia, which she and the Duke will visit in October. She met the exhibition’s curators and artists as well as descendants linked to the works displayed and viewed a short performance of Ngāti Rānana, a Māori cultural group. This was the Duchess’ first solo engagement since becoming a member for the Royal Family after her wedding to Prince Harry.


‘Oceania’ will run at the Royal Academy of Arts from September 29th –  December 10th 2018.The exhibition marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, which was founded in 1768 – the same year Captain James Cook set out on his first Endeavour expedition.

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