Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Important and unmissable
Ever wondered what it would really be like to make that often dangerous trip that those who seek a better life in Australia make? How better to understand than to hear and see it represented by those who have made the journey themselves?
Some of Space2B's artists and designers who will be sharing their stories at Journeys: Homeland to Here
Space2B Social Design, the St Kilda-based social enterprise that helps build skills and a sense of belonging for new migrants, refugee and asylum seekers, is hosting another of their extraordinary, moving multimedia exhibitions, this time showcasing the work of 12 emerging artists and designers who use their art and craftworks to tell the story of their journeys to Australia, through the lens of award winning photographer, Andy Drewitt.
Opening Night for the Journeys - Homeland to Here exhibition
The artists featuring in this exhibition, originate from some of the world's most troubled countries, including Rwanda, Tibet, Sudan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Iran, and some of its most complex, such as China, Japan and Indonesia.
What is intriguing about this exhibition, is that each artist shares a memento of their homeland, or something that is in someway personally significant - perhaps a headscarf, or prayer beads - or in some cases, a box containing nothing at all, revealing that the artist arrived with nothing at all, barely surviving their journey.
However, this exhibition is not of tragedy, but a story of hope. These are women who are, with the help of Space2B Social Design, actively working towards a productive future. The artists collaborated with the photographer and curator, Anna Monea, to share their incredible journeys. The result is a patchwork quilt of stories and images of our newest countrymen and women which remain highly moving, personal and authentic, and which will remain with you long after you the exhibition closes.
The exhibition will be held in The Gallery at St Kilda Town Hall and run from Wednesday 8 June through to Wednesday 6 July. Supported by City of Port Philip, the Exhibition will be opened on 8th June (6-8pm) by Councillor Thomman, Mariam Issa (from RAW Gardens) and spoken word writer, Abe Nouk. There will also be the opportunity to meet the designers and artists themselves, and to see the work they are building on towards their new futures.
Interesting and important. I an Australian born and hape always seen this country as one of hope and happiness. I'm proud of our multiculturalism and happy to see organisations helping newcomers to enjoy what Australia has to offer.