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Journeys - Homeland to Here Exhibition

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Home: a place to 'be'
Journeys: Homeland to Here is a multimedia exhibition by Space2b Social Design; a social enterprise supporting female emerging artists who are migrants, refugees or asylum seekers to continue their art and develop small businesses. The exhibition is supported by the City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund and the Victorian Multicultural Commission, and is on now at The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall until 6 July.

Journeys, Homeland, multimedia exhibition, Space2b, Social Design, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Andy Drewitt, photography, St Kilda Town Hall, City Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Anna Monea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, Africa, Persian, China
Janine Lawrie founder of Space2b Social Design and Anna Monea curator and storyteller


Janine Lawrie founder of Space 2b Social Design opened the exhibition on Wednesday 8 June to a large crowd of friends and supporters, and Councillor Serge Thomann.

Journeys, Homeland, multimedia exhibition, Space2b, Social Design, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Andy Drewitt, photography, St Kilda Town Hall, City Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Anna Monea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, Africa, Persian, China
Opening night crowd at Journeys: Homeland to Here exhibition


The exhibition contains large photographic prints of each artist in their new home in Australia by local artist Andy Drewitt. Next to the prints is the story of each artist, and a series of 'Mementos' presented in small wooden boxes made by the Hobsons Bay Men's Shed. Each box contains a 'Memento' the artists brought from their homeland to Australia and tells the story of their journey: Burma (Myanmar) Indonesia, Iran, China, Rwanda, Japan and Afghanistan.

Journeys, Homeland, multimedia exhibition, Space2b, Social Design, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Andy Drewitt, photography, St Kilda Town Hall, City Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Anna Monea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, Africa, Persian, China
My name is Mya - Tumbling Kellys (paper-mache) Burma (Myanmar)


Mya brought the Tumbling Kellys, paper-mache toys from Burma (Myanmar) and her story:

The nature of this toy is that no matter how you throw it, it always stays upright. Our life throws us in many directions and I always stand up again'. In 2012, the government allows us to visit Burma. I have been back twice since. My daughters went separately and brought back these two Tumbling Kellys.

I want to keep them until my grandsons understand what they mean. I want my grandsons to be strong, to know that no matter what happens to you, you have to stand up straight.
These toys are made from paper mache and the children will destroy them quickly, which is why I want to hold onto them until they are old enough to understand
.

Journeys, Homeland, multimedia exhibition, Space2b, Social Design, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Andy Drewitt, photography, St Kilda Town Hall, City Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Anna Monea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, Africa, Persian, China
My name is Esta Coloured Pencils Tehran, Iran


Esta came from Tehran in Iran and brought with her coloured pencils, and her story:

I am a very simple person. I don't want much from life; it is the simple things that I like. What I want is for people to know me well. My husband gave me these coloured pencils, it wasn't my birthday when he came home with these pencils and I realised how well he knew me. It was a very special gift. My husband is my soul mate, he understands me very well.

My mother sent a parcel when I was pregnant. She packed these pencils in with the baby clothes. I was very happy to receive these coloured pencils. When I lived in Iran, I would watch television programs on fashion and house design, and I would draw things that I liked from these shows. For me it was fun to draw these things and I loved it
.

Journeys, Homeland, multimedia exhibition, Space2b, Social Design, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Andy Drewitt, photography, St Kilda Town Hall, City Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Anna Monea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, Africa, Persian, China
Anna Monea, curator and storyteller Space2B Social Design


Anna Monea, curator and storyteller shared how storytelling empowers the artists to move forward in making Australia their home, and asks the community to support them.

A's story:

This is my drawing pencil. When I worked onsite as an architect in Iran, I would use this pencil to make fast sketches for presentations, if I didn't have access to a computer. I've had this pencil for more than 10 years. I had this pencil in my shirt pocket when I was in the boat coming to Australia. When we arrived on Christmas Island they took everything, but after three weeks they returned our belongings.

Journeys, Homeland, multimedia exhibition, Space2b, Social Design, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Andy Drewitt, photography, St Kilda Town Hall, City Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Anna Monea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, Africa, Persian, China
My name is A Pencil, Iran


The most prolific story was the empty box with no memento and I will leave it up to you to visit the exhibition and find that story.

Journeys, Homeland, multimedia exhibition, Space2b, Social Design, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Andy Drewitt, photography, St Kilda Town Hall, City Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Anna Monea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, Africa, Persian, China
Support from the community makes transition to home in Australia easier


If you are unable to visit Journeys Homeland to Here, consider supporting Space2B Social Design by popping into their shop at 143 Chapel St Kilda or buy onlin space2b.com.au/popup-shop, or donate funds or your time to volunteer and support their many programs.

Journeys, Homeland, multimedia exhibition, Space2b, Social Design, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Andy Drewitt, photography, St Kilda Town Hall, City Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Anna Monea, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, Africa, Persian, China
My name is Mya - Tumbling Kellys (paper-mache) Burma (Myanmar)

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Why? Support female emerging artists to feel at home in Australia
When: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 03 9507 2208
Where: The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall
Cost: Free
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