13 Feb, 2012 Last updated: 17 Jul, 2015

Paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works reflecting and expressing the aspirations of refugee artists who have arrived in Australia since 1970 are now being sought for this year’s Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize.

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Talented refugees in Victoria have the chance to enter an exciting art competition by expressing the hopes and experiences that brought them to Australia.

Paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works reflecting and expressing the aspirations of refugee artists who have arrived in Australia since 1970 are now being sought for this year’s Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize.

A total prize pool of over $15,000 will be shared by three primary prize-winners, a new arrival prize and eight honourable mentions. First prize is $5,000 plus a solo exhibition and artist in residence opportunity.

Now in its third year, the AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize celebrates the skills, talents and creativity that refugees bring to Victoria and the social and cultural contributions they provide to our community. 

Adam Baxter from AMES said the prize was an important way to showcase the artistic skills, talents and creativity of refugee artists in Victoria and open up pathways for artists to develop their careers.

"This art prize gives refugees the opportunity to express themselves and tell stories that often need more than words to understand or appreciate," Adam said. 

"Over the last two years, the quality of the entries has been very high and we look forward to seeing more outstanding creative work again this year."

Entries close Friday 20 April 2012. For more information call 03 9188 3681, visit www.multiculturalarts.com.au/heartlands  or email fiesta@multiculturalarts.com.au.

Winners will be announced at the Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize exhibition launch on Tuesday 5 June. Shortlisted and winning works will be showcased at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane from 6 – 16 June 2012 in the lead up to Refugee Week and then at the Walker Street Gallery in Dandenong from 5 – 28 July 2012 as part of the Emerge Festival. All exhibited works will be available for sale. 

The Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize is presented by AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with VicHealth and Parks Victoria.