8 Mile website featured on Oxfam’s  “3 Things”
Australian photographer Sean Davey talks about the origins of the 8 Mile art workshop.
Read interview here
8 Mile Youth Leader Wanpis Kaupa off to Indonesia
Local 8 Mile Youth Leader Wanpis Kaupa is off to Indonesia for three months on a cross cultural exchange program. More details coming soon.
University of Queensland Masters student visits 8 Mile
Earlier this year Dylan Quinnell, a Masters student from the University of Queensland inquired about visiting 8 Mile Settlement. In April Dylan visited Papua New Guinea and while here, he was welcomed as a guest for a few days in 8 Mile Settlement. Dylan recently emailed the following kind words about his stay, as well as some cool photographs.
“The experience of staying overnight in 8 Mile Settlement was an amazing one. As a Masters student doing a course that partially relates to how cities work with informal/illegal settlements it was a hugely informative, interesting and unique experience. The hospitality I experience in PNG was second to none and 8 Mile was no different. Welcomed by all, guided around town and the local markets, invited to play pool and have a drink with the local guys and chaperoned through a trip of local transport, I was always busy and thoroughly enjoying myself. Motsy and Wanpis who did the ‘guiding’ were really knowledgeable about far more than just settlement life and helped me get a better understanding of Port Moresby as a whole. I think the most telling realisation for me was as I took off from Port Moresby airport I realised I had just wandered around at night and slept in an informal settlement in what I was constantly told was one of the most dangerous cities in the world but at no stage did I feel anything other than comfortable and enthralled (due to Wanpis and his ‘boys’ keeping me company). Highly recommended if you have an interest in understanding settlement life or having a completely new experience!”
Dylan with 8 Mile artist Dima Bire
Dylan playing pool in 8 Mile
8 Mile Exhibition extension at Monash Gallery of Art
The exhibition 8 Mile: Photographs from the margins of Port Moresby at Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne has been extended until April 11. The exhibition features work by Australian photographer Sean Davey and 8 Mile resident, seventeen year old Emmanuel Onom Mel.
Photos from the opening of 8 Mile exhibition at Monash Gallery of Art
Have a look at photographs from Melbourne with Emmanuel Onom Mel, Wanpis Kaupa and Motsy David. The exhibition opening was a great success and the 8 Mile crew had a great couple of days wandering the streets and shops of Melbourne. A big thanks to the staff at the Monash Gallery of Art for a wonderful experience.
Have a look at the photos here
Exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne, Australia / January 28 – February 28, 2010
Australian photographer Sean Davey and 8 Mile resident Emmanuel Onom Mel will present an exhibition of their photographs titled 8 Mile: Photographs from the margins of Port Moresby’ as part of PASIFIKA,  a series of three exhibitions exploring the Pacific region. The exhibition opens on Saturday 30th of January at 3pm, with an artist talk beginning at 2pm. Sean, Emmanuel, Motsy David and Wanpis Kaupa will be in attendance. If you are in Melbourne please come along and support the opening of the exhibition.
8 Mile: Photographs from the margins of Port Moresby
January 28 – February 28 2010
Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill
8 Mile Settlement a big winner at 2009 PNG Media Council Awards
The University of PNG Arts Education Workshop which took place in 8 Mile Settlement in June has received great recognition in the 2009 Papua New Guinea Media Council Awards. The photographic exhibition at UPNG titled ‘Life in 8 Mile is Hard’ by Emmanuel Onom Mel and other residents of the settlement won Best Entertainment Production.
8 Mile Settlement featured on Side by Side blog
The Side by Side blog was established to support Maya Haviland’s research project on collaborative art and ethnographic practices. Maya is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University.
Read blog here
8 Mile Settlement Music CD
A CD of original music made by members of the 8 Mile Settlement community has been recorded in Port Moresby and will soon be available for sale. The album contains nine tracks, all of which were written and performed by members of the 8 Mile community. The music was written and composed at the Law & Justice Sector Arts Workshop in June 2009 in 8 Mile Settlement.
“Look Within” album cover
8 Mile Photographers featured on Kisim Piksa
Australian Photographer David Hempenstall has created a multimedia feature on 8 Mile Photographers Emmanuel Onom Mel and Wanpis Kaupa. David lives in The Autonomous Region of Bouganville.
 Emmanuel Onom Mel (l) and Wanpis Kaupa (UPNG, 2009)
Check out the feature at Kisim Piksa here
Check out the entire site of Kisim Piksa here
8 Mile Settlement community featured on Radio Australia’s “In The Loop” program
8 Mile resident David Motsy and Australian photographer Sean Davey are interviewed on “In The Loop” on Radio Australia. The interview focuses on the community arts project “Look Within” that took place in June, as well as the development of this website and the photographic exhibition at The University of Papua New Guinea.
Listen to radio interview here
Photographs on 8 Mile website released in limited edition
Photographs appearing on are now available for purchase. For details see the “Purchase Art & Craft” page.
Second Block (Man Carrying Tyres) by Emmanuel Onom Mel (Ed. of 15 + 2 Artist proofs)
(Prints available in sizes up to 16″x20″)
 “8 Mile Snappers” on ABC’s Correspondents Report
The ABC’s Correspondents Report features a radio piece on our community arts program. ABC’s PNG correspondent Liam Fox visited 8 Mile Settlement to find out more about the interesting and exciting arts projects that are happening here in our community. He interviewed David Motsy and young photographer Emmanuel Onom Mel.
Visit the Correspondents Report website here where you can read and listen to the program.
“Eight- Mile Settlement Breaks Down the Barriers”
The 8 Mile Settlement community is featured in an article in The National Weekender newspaper.
Download full article here (5Mb PDF)
Article from The National newspaper in PNG (August 26, 2009)
“Life in 8 Mile is Hard” Exhibition is featured on the front page of The National newspaper
After a successful opening night, the 8 Mile community is proud to report that the National Newspaper featured the photographic exhibition “Life in 8 Mile is Hard” on the front page on Monday August 24. Look for a feature length article on our community in The National, which will be published in the near future.
Front Page of The National newspaper in PNG (August 24, 2009)
 8 Mile Artists on PNG’s National Broadcasting Corporation’s afternoon Arts Program
8 Mile Settlement residents Nathan Peter, Emmanuel Onom Mel and Wanpis Kaupa are interviewed on the afternoon arts program on PNG’s national broadcaster NBC in relation to the photographic exhibition “Life in 8 Mile is Hard”. Also present during the interview were Australian photographer Sean Davey and UPNG Lecturer in Drama and Theatre David Motsy.

Listen to the interview as an MP3 download here (in English and Tok Pisin). (NOTE: There is some silence at the beginning of the interview)

(Left to right): Mr. David Motsy, Nathan Peter, Emmanuel Onom Mel and Wanpis Kaupa at the NBC studio in Port Moresby.
Life in 8 Mile is Hard / Photography Exhibition
The photography exhibition “Life in 8 Mile is Hard” by 8 Mile residents Emmanuel Onom Mel and Wanpis Kaupa is featured on the front page of The National newspaper. The exhibition is also featured prominantly on the blog site of respected journalist Malum Nalu.
Emmanuel Onom Mel signs one of his prints at the exhibition at Uli Beier Creative Arts Haus, UPNG.
Wok Bung Wantaim
The Gala evening of Wok Bung Wantaim was held at The University of Papua New Guinea on Saturday August 22. The evening showcased a theatre production, live music by members of the 8 Mile Settlement community, paintings, as well as a photography exhibition by local youths Emmanuel Onom Mel and Wanpis Kaupa. Wanpis is the president of The 8 Mile Community Youth Association and has been actively involved in the production of the night’s events. The 8 Mile Community would very much like to thank The Law & Justice Sector of Papua New Guinea and AusAID, especially Mr Joe Kanekane, whose moral and financial support made this event possible.
“Life in 8 Mile is Hard” exhibition installation at The University of Papua New Guinea.
Results of the 8 Mile Settlement Art workshop will be featured at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday August 22. Participants of the week long workshop will present a drama production, music, an exhibition of paintings as well as a series of photographs from the settlement by Emmanuel Onom Mel and Wanpis Kaupa.
The exhibition will continue until August 28.