19 Jun, 2013 Last updated: 17 Jul, 2015

Forty inspiring artworks have been shortlisted for the AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria 2013 Heartlands Refugee Art Prize, including thirty-two refugee artists from Victoria.

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Forty inspiring artworks have been shortlisted for the AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria 2013 Heartlands Refugee Art Prize, including thirty-two refugee artists from Victoria.

The shortlisted artwork will be on display at the Heartlands Refugee Art Prize Exhibition held at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane from 18-29 June 2013 in the lead up to Refugee Week, at Walker Street Gallery in Dandenong from 4-27 July 2013 as part of the Emerge Festival and The Homestead at Werribee Park from 1-14 September 2013.

The exhibition will showcase shortlisted entries from the Heartlands Refugee Art Prize 2013, including paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works from talented refugee artists who have arrived in Australia since 1970.  This year artists have shared their interpretation of what they would like to see in the world and reflected the art prize theme 'I wish to see...’ 

The prize-winners will be announced and awarded at a special exhibition launch event on Thursday 20 June.  A total prize pool of over $20,000 will be shared by three primary prize-winners, a newly arrived prize and an artist in residence prize.

Heartlands’ judge and Curator Damian Smith, said this year’s Heartlands Refugee Art Prize attracted 70 entries which continue to foster the vibrant, multifaceted work of artists who have settled in Australia under the Federal Government's refugee resettlement program.

“Things common to us all, like food and music, story telling and art and the need to feel safe and secure are what binds us together as people and this is what the Heartlands Prize reveals,” said Smith.

“To us as its fortunate viewers, Heartlands is an opportunity as well; an occasion to loosen old assumptions, to see beyond the cultural stereotypes and to learn more deeply about the newest members of our community,” he said.

Now in its fourth year, the Heartlands Refugee Art Prize is presented by AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Parks Victoria, VicHealth, and the Victorian Multicultural Commission. The Prize is proudly supported by fortyfivedownstairs, STARTTS, Relationships Australia Victoria, City of Greater Dandenong, Walker Street Gallery, Arts Victoria and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.

The judges include Carol Cain, curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Daine Singer, curator and director of Daine Singer Gallery in Melbourne, Geoff Hogg, a painter, senior lecturer at RMIT and public art pioneer, Jill Morgan AM, Chief Executive Officer at Multicultural Arts Victoria, Damian Smith, Curator and arts writer and director for Words For Art, and Monica Kelly, Acting Executive Manager of Participation and Equity at VicHealth.

Heartlands is part of the Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Festival from 18 May – 31 July, across Victoria. Emerge will showcase the contribution emerging and refugee communities are having on contemporary arts and culture www.multiculturalarts.com.au.


Heartlands Refugee Art Prize Exhibition


45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

18-29 June 2013

Walker Street Gallery

Cnr Walker & Robinson Streets, Dandenong

4-27 July 2013

The Homestead Werribee Park

320 K Road, Werribee

1-14 September 2013

Shortlisted artists:

 Abdullahi Ibrahim Carlton, VIC Somalia Here!

Amer Rashad Preston, VIC Iraq New Life and Old Memory

Anthony Rodriguez Thornbury, VIC Colombia (Ambivalent) Freedom of Movement

Athraa Al Sawafy Dallas, VIC Iraq Beauty of domes and palm trees in my city Basra

Ayel Akot Fitzroy, VIC South Sudan Peace and violence

Carmenza Jimenez Osorio Reservoir, VIC Colombia Similar

Chol Deng Akuok Truganina, VIC South Sudan My happy day

Dorota Connellan Mt Martha, VIC Poland New arrivals

Edwin Araklyans Kellyville, NSW Iran The other Side

Elvis Lopez Carlton, VIC El Salvador Pause, Think, Breath

Fatemeh Ibrahim habibi Telopea, NSW Iran Tiger in Chains

Haitham Petrous Dawood (Zorba) Daylesford, VIC Iraq What is seen; can not be unseen

Hayatullah Nader Blair Athol, SA Afghanistan Camel, boat, track and Afghanistan map with their history

Hedar Abadi Liverpool, NSW Iraq My World

Hussein Ali Zobea Dandenong North, VIC Iraq With the unity of religions peace will spread

Ibtihal Samarayi Ourimbah, NSW Iraq Letter from a Child

Idil Abdullahi Auburn, NSW Somalia Hand of Hawa

Ijaz Khalil Sunshine North, VIC Pakistan Peace and war

Jose Humberto Carvo Kingswood, NSW Peru I would like to see peace come back to the world, especially the countries which are in conflict

K'Ser Htoo Werribee, VIC Burma/Myanmar Inner beauty

Kaveh Mastouri Sunshine North,VIC Iran True veredict

Khadijeh Belchi Kangaloo Windsor, VIC Iran Justice

Lamis Albyati Dandenong, VIC Iraq Harmony

Maryam Asiaban Reservoir, VIC Iran The Scream

Mehdi Jaghuri Berwick, VIC Afghanistan I wish to see

Minh Phan Pascoe Vale South, VIC Vietnam Two Views

Mohammad Ali Qazim Truganina, VIC Iraq Alone in Grief

Nawal Khatiwada Minto, NSW Bhutan Brother and sister

Neda Daryabar Coburg, VIC Iran I wish to see no execution in the world

Nickel Mundabi Shepparton, VIC Dem Rep of Congo Think about the Future

Rana Tallo Roxburgh Park, VIC Iraq The synergy

Reem Faiq Broadmedows, VIC Iraq Untitled (2013)

Rubaba Haider Roxburgh Park, VIC Afghanistan Monologue

Safar Ali Cranbourne, VIC Afghanistan The persecuted people

Solehi Nasibai Sunshine North, VIC Tajikistan Hope Never Dies

Sutueal Bekele Althe Flemington, VIC Ethiopia Fall of destructive energy

Thanh Duong Ashwood, VIC Vietnam On the rise

Yosef Al Mussawi Dallas, VIC Iraq Sad Woman

Zakia Haider Roxburgh Park, VIC Afghanistan My wish

Zakir Rezaie Mildura, VIC Afghanistan The Child