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Home - A Celebration of work by refugees and asylum seekers

Home - A Celebration of work by refugees and asylum seekers

08 November 2017

The Walker Street Gallery will host a series of new works commissioned from artists with a refugee or asylum seeker background.

Home provides an opportunity to celebrate refugees and asylum seekers and their important contribution to Australia’s cultural and social fabric.

The exhibition will feature the works of five artists from around Australia who have been commissioned by the City of Greater Dandenong.

They include Zia Atahi, Renee Dixson, Mahla Karimian, Pierre Mukeba and Zakiria Tahirian.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti said Council had awarded each artist $1000 to create new work for the exhibition.

Home is an exhibition which recognises and nurtures the talents of refugees and newly arrived artists and provide them with opportunities to further develop their creative pursuits,” he said.

“The City of Greater Dandenong has been a Refugee Welcome Zone since 2002 and is committed to initiating projects which support refugees and asylum seekers and welcome them into our community.”

Home will open on Thursday, 16 November at 6.30pm at Walker St Gallery in Dandenong.

Artist and refugee rights activist Kate Durham will be a special guest at the opening.

The exhibition will run until Saturday, 16 December.

In addition to the works by the five commissioned artists, Home will include spoken word pieces by Tariro Mavondo and Abdul Hammoud, and free screenings of the film Constance on the Edge.

Constance on the Edge is an honest portrayal of one refugee family’s re-settlement story in Australia.  The free screenings will be held on Friday, 24 November at 7pm and Sunday, 26 November at 2pm. RSVP to the film screenings is essential by contacting Walker St Gallery on 9706 8441.

Walker St Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday, 11am to 3pm during exhibitions and events.

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