We would like to clarify some points relating to the "Weapons Sculpture a Foreign
Affair" Opinion article in the last issue of the Post.
Peace of Art Project Cambodia (PAPC) is an educational art project involving over
ten partner organisations working to promote young Cambodian artists and a weapons-free
society. The event at the Foreign Correspondents' Club Phnom Penh on February 18
was indeed organized to introduce PAPC to foreign journalists and interested members
of the public and was essentially a press conference to promote the official opening
of Elements at Java Café/Gallery on February 20.
The opening of Elements, where over half the attendees were Khmer, was the event
at which all the students with their friends and families were attending with their
work on display and for sale. The pride they showed in their achievements, having
only worked in metal for a total of three months, was apparent to all who attended
and purchased sculpture.
Since the FCC launch and the Java show, over 30 journalists from four continents
including the local media have interviewed, photographed and filmed the students
with their enthusiastic consent, in the PAPC workshop where the unique sculptures
are created by them. The students' obvious talent and skill, for which PAPC strives
to provide a platform, is now being recognised from Tokyo to Tunbridge Wells.
The Cambodian National Police (who along with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces are
the "Cambodian development workers" responsible for the nationwide Flame
of Peace programme) have assisted PAPC in securing the destroyed weapons necessary
for the implementation and success of the project.
Above all else PAPC sends out a positive message and provides a group of talented
young artists the opportunity to promote themselves and their work. Everyone involved
is proud to be a part of it.
Sasha Constable Neil Wilford - PAPC Coordinators [email protected]