Dandenong exhibition to showcase refugee art

June 27, 2018 by  

A Dandenong gallery will celebrate the work of artists with a refugee background.

The Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre in Dandenong is to stage the exhibition. The event has been pencilled in for October, but the artists will have to come forward by the middle of July. Applications from people who have had refugee status will be received positively and support for the artists who are shortlisted will be made available. Poster printing can be used to add colour to displays.

IKEA Springvale is sponsoring the occasion, and will back creative individuals with $1,000 each. This resource should enable the creation of some innovative artwork for the show. The event is called ‘Home’ and this theme may influence the submissions which are made.

A major part of the exhibition involves the use of mentoring. It is important for professional development. The shortlisted creative people will have the chance to benefit from working with an experienced curator or an established artist.

The artists will have the liberty to employ a wide diversity of media. Some individuals could produce videos, while others may want to use textiles. Photographs, sketches and paintings might prove to be successful in the exhibition. The main point is that the content should illuminate the experience of seeking asylum or being a refugee.

Prize winners will get a career boost at the very least, but any of the artists who exhibit could even become an Artist in Residence.