Multicultural Arts Victoria is presenting a Riverlinks Foyer Exhibition, Meeting Place: Art From Many Lands, Lives and Cultures.
This foyer exhibition is part of the Emerge Cultural Hubs program, incorporating a special group exhibition developed by and featuring 11 artists from First Nations and culturally diverse backgrounds, living in the region.
The exhibition will include photography, paintings, fashion and drawings that speak of the lands, lives and cultures from Yorta Yorta country to the far reaches of Afghanistan, adorning the walls of Eastbank from April 5 to May 14.
Multicultural Arts Victoria Creative Producer, Anna Larkin says, “This exhibition has evolved out of MAV’s Emerge program, creating a platform for visual artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to showcase and share their work, talents and stories.”
Facilitated by Multicultural Arts Victoria, Emerge is a dynamic community cultural development program driven by the aspirations of artists and communities from culturally diverse, refugee and First Nations backgrounds living in Shepparton. The program provides unique locally based opportunities for connecting, mentoring, developing skills, building capacity, developing and presenting new creative work.
Exhibiting artist and local Yorta Yorta woman, Lyn Thorpe says, “Storytelling is one of our most important modes of communication and expression. Among other things storytelling can pass on knowledge and respect. It can also build identity, pride, relationships and understanding.”
“For Yorta Yorta people, our stories embrace our connection with Country, culture and identity and can inherently strengthen our social and emotional wellbeing. Being a part of this group exhibition as a Yorta Yorta woman from this Country, is not only about telling our stories, but also about welcoming, building connections and respectful relationships with Indigenous people from different parts of the world who have made their home in Shepparton,” says Ms Thorpe.
The exhibition is now open.