Crowne Plaza Residences provides platform for emerging Papua New Guinea talent

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Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby exhibits Papua New Guinean artist ‘Grim Jordan’ paintings and opens The Wantok Shop.

Crowne Plaza Wanton Shop

The Wanton Shop is the new convenience store at Crowne Plaza Residencies. Credit: Crowne Plaza

The ‘Grim Jordan’ paintings on exhibition at the Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby are on display both within the hotel and at the Port Terrace Restaurant & Bar. The unique art pieces showcase a mixture of local traditional culture intrinsically woven into a contemporary and quite detailed impression of various characters.

Grim Jordan

Grim Jordan’s ‘Mountain Meridian – Simbu Warrior’.

There are five pieces on display. They vary in size from 60cm (w) x 120cm (h) to 100cm (w) x 150cm (h). Each painting has a unique tale based on the experiences and memories of the artist Jordan Morris’ life in Papua New Guinea. General Manager Kahlia O’Shea said, ‘We are thrilled to provide a platform for young Papua New Guinean talent to showcase artwork. Our surrounds make a great backdrop for Jordan’s beautiful art.’

The Crowne Plaza brand entails provision for an offering outside the traditional hotel experience. The paintings will exhibit at Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby for 12 months; interested buyers can view the pieces and collect the painter’s contact details at the Port Terrace Restaurant & Bar.

In addition, the hotel has also opened its very own convenience store, The Wantok Shop. Crowne Plaza Residences Port Moresby staff submitted ideas for names and a vote was cast. When asked about the name, General Manager, Kahlia O’Shea said: ‘The Wantok Shop is quite fitting as it caters to tenants and guests within the compound and surrounding area. It’s a nod to the reciprocal relationship of favours between kin and community members.’

The convenience store is open seven days a week from 7am to 7pm and offers groceries, hot food and convenience items for guests checking in for business. The hotel is looking at sourcing products that are difficult to find in PNG and will post updates on their social media accounts as they stock items.

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