HOME exhibition is a celebration of cultural diversity

The City of Greater Dandenong’s annual exhibition, HOME, celebrates artists from a refugee or asylum seeker background. The call out period for submissions from artists is open nationally from now until Sunday 29 July.

HOME aims to nurture the talents of artists and provide them with professional development opportunities in the creative sector. Shortlisted artists will have their work presented at the exhibition, held at Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre from October until November 2018, with awards announced at the launch on Thursday 18 October.

This year IKEA Springvale is supporting five artists with awards of $1000 to support the development of new work. The successful artists will be selected by a panel of specialists from within the Creative industries.

HOME is a celebration of the City of Greater Dandenong’s cultural diversity, with the city now designated as the most culturally diverse community in Australia. Over half of Greater Dandenong’s residents were born overseas. In fact residents come from 157 different birthplaces and speak more than 200 languages.  Among the most widely spoken languages is Vietnamese, Khmer, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese and Greek. HOME is just one way Council aims to foster greater understanding of others and harmony within the community.

Artists are invited to submit a brief for their artwork, based on their personal practice and stories. Artworks may be produced in any medium including, but not limited to, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video, photography and drawing.

The exhibiting artists are connected to mentors to increase experience across the creative sector. Artists may be offered further opportunity to participate in the City of Greater Dandenong’s Artist in Residence program.

Now in its fourth year HOME has given a platform to some extremely talented emerging artists, including last year’s exhibiting artist Pierre Mukeba who is now exhibiting within this year’s Melbourne Art Fair. Mukeba won the National Emerging Artist in Brisbane this year.

City of Greater Dandenong’s Visual and Community Arts Coordinator and Curator of HOME, David O’Halloran, said: “HOME aims to nurture and celebrate the talents of newly arrived artists and provide them with opportunities to develop their creative careers. Australia is a country where the majority of its people come from elsewhere, if not by birth by cultural origin. ‘HOME’ is a celebration of the positive influence refugees continue to have in our country.”

 The City of Greater Dandenong Mayor, Cr Youhorn Chea, stated:

“The City of Greater Dandenong is the most culturally diverse community in Australia. We have residents from 157 different birthplaces, all of them seeking a home here…Council prides itself on the support and encouragement it offers to asylum seekers and refugees who live within our community, and we are extremely proud of the opportunity Home will offer artists from all over Australia.”


Artists can submit their entry online here by Sunday 29 July:

Image: Zia Atahi, from The Tribe Series 2016, digital prints, 750 x 500mm each, courtesy of the artist

Call to entry: Now until Sunday 29 July.
Exhibition launch: Thursday 18 October
Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, corner of Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong