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'Our Story' Art Exhibition

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15 artists showcasing their art and sharing their stories
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'Our Story' art exhibition is now on and part of the annual Homelessness Week from the 6-12 August. It is a nationwide campaign to highlight the work of the homelessness sector and recognise barriers to ending homelessness across Australia.

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It is a new group exhibition which highlights the stories of those who have at some point in their lives experienced homelessness. Officially opened on August 2 by Greens State MP Ellen Sandell, there was a huge turnout!

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opening night at Lulu cafe & Gallery

Lenka Brazda is Wombat's Youth Case manager and the inspiration for this exhibition, as she has built close relationships with the young people taking part in the organisation's youth programs.

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The artwork created by each artist at these art therapy sessions are on display at Lulu Cafe & Gallery in Queensberry St, North Melbourne. A chic cafe with 2 levels of artwork on display plus delicious food and great coffee! So if you have time why not stop for a bite to eat..\

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The aim of this exhibition is to continue to raise awareness of the plight of Melbourne's homelessness and increase our knowledge and compassion for people experiencing hardships.

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To see the amazing artwork on the walls and read their stories, you learn a little more about the events that have lead to their experiences of being homeless. It also helps us understand each individual as a person and not judge them just because they are homeless.

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I was quite fortunate to meet one of the young artists "Josh" whose artwork "Warrior" caught my eye as soon as I stepped inside the cafe.

His love for painting started at an early age and it took him 6 months to complete this painting. Josh has a young son and loves painting cartoon characters for him. He finds painting therapeutic and healing as it's an escape. He also enjoys graffiti and stencil art.

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Nasri and his siblings moved continuously from hotel to hotel which was emergency accommodation. Due to all the appointments scheduled to find housing, Nasri was stressed and didn't do well at school and missed out on exams. This experience has motivated Nasri to be successful and continue schooling.

I was so impressed by the amazing talent of artwork on display. From painting to stencil art, indigenous art to street style, there are 2 rooms upstairs and artwork also displayed in the cafe on the ground level.

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Christinaray Nadya Weetra, a woman of Warumungu and Arrente tribes, was nominated and won 'The Young Citizen of the Year Award for Stonnington Council, 2013 for being engaged in her local Indigenous/Non Indigenous Community's For Outstanding Volunteer Work'. She now is studying Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Art at Kangan Tafe, Broadmeadows. Christinaray recently won the opportunity to live at the new 'Education First Youth Foyer at Kangan TAFE'.  

"In all the bad that happened and suffering I experienced I'm grateful in a way because it's taught me how not to live my life and showed me what type of person I want to be".

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All artwork is for sale and 100% of all profits go directly to the Wombat artists and 70% to the Open Canvas artists.

Open Canvas, a Melbourne based social enterprise are also exhibiting a number of works from artists who have also experienced homelessness.

So what are you waiting for! Get out from the comfort of your home and see this inspiring exhibition. It ends this Sunday, 12th August!

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Phone: 03 9326 4494
Where: 506 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051 Australia
Cost: Free
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by Sam Richards on 08/08/2018
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