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Dan Lepsoe Chisel fund.

The traditional passing down of carving skills from generation to generation is of great importance in preserving the culture of Papua New Guinea. In the late 1980s, Alcheringa Gallery began a program to supply high quality carving tools to the carvers of the Sepik River on each of its field trips. A more formal arrangement, christened The Chisel Fund, was begun by Alcheringa Gallery in 1992. This was born out of recognition that carving tools needed to be accessible to more than just a handful of artists.

In 2009, PPP in partnership with Alcheringa Gallery strengthened the structure of the fund to be administered within PPP while providing access to the organization's charitable tax status for donations to benefit both artists and carvers through the continued provision of carving tools. In addition, it has facilitated educational artist exchanges amongst the indigenous carvers of Papua New Guinea and the Canadian Northwest Coast.

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In 2013 PPP lost a good friend and dedicated volunteer, Dan Lepsoe. A member of the Alcheringa Gallery team since 2001, Dan travelled to the Sepik on many gallery field trips where he helped to assess the needs of particular carvers and to organize the purchase and distribution of each new donation of chisels. He was held in deep respect and much loved within the Sepik community, and, in turn, he clearly held great affection for the communities and their people. It seems entirely appropriate for the Chisel Fund to honour his name. Family, friends and colleagues have chosen to support this fund in Dan's memory. A portion of the proceeds from the collection of the late Hilda Tutton, who participated in a number of Alcheringa's earlier field trips, has also been allocated to the fund. To make a donation to the Dan Lepsoe Chisel Fund, please visit PPP's website: www.pacificpeoplespartnership.org

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Date:Dec 22, 2015
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