22 Apr, 2013 Last updated: 28 Nov, 2014

Paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works from refugees who have arrived in Australia since 1970 are due for this year’s Heartlands Refugee Art Prize by Friday 10 May.

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Time is running out for talented refugee artists to enter in the Heartlands Refugee Art Prize and be in the running to share in a prize pool of over $20,000.

Paintings, drawings, photography and mixed media works from refugees who have arrived in Australia since 1970 are due for this year’s Heartlands Refugee Art Prize by Friday 10 May.

This year, refugee artists are encouraged to share what they would like to see in the world and submit entries that reflect the theme 'I wish to see...’

Now in its fourth year, AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria present Heartlands Refugee Art Prize in partnership with Parks Victoria, VicHealth and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Adam Baxter from AMES said distinguished members of the Australian arts sector will form the panel of judges.

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.

“We’re excited to have such a vibrant and well respected panel of judges to help recognise the talents and creativity that refugees bring to Australia, and the social and cultural contributions they provide to our community,” Mr Baxter said.

The 2013 winners will be announced at the Heartlands Refugee Art Prize exhibition launch on Thursday 20 June. Shortlisted and winning works will be showcased at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane from 18-29 June 2013 during Refugee Week, at the Walker Street Gallery in Dandenong from 4-27 July as part of the Emerge Festival and Werribee Park from 1-14 September.

The total prize pool of over $20,000 is to be shared by three primary prize-winners, a newly arrived prize and an artist in residence prize. First prize is $12,000.

Following her success in last year’s Heartlands Refugee Art Prize, winner Minela Krupic now has a new printing machine and has experienced a two-week artist in residence program at Wilsons Promontory National Park. Minela said that the residency time was inspirational. She was able to embrace the picturesque bush surroundings to help her to start the creative process of drawing for her next series of etchings.

Entries close Friday 10 May 2013. For more information call 03 9188 3681, visit www.multiculturalarts.com.au/heartlands  or email fiesta@multiculturalarts.com.au

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