Heartlands Refugee Art Exhibition

Artist Ma Late, winner of the 2011 Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize, will bring her first solo exhibition to the Point Nepean National Park from 16 February – 15 April 2012.

Originally from Burma, Ma Late spent twenty years in a refugee camp in Thailand before arriving in Australia. As part of her prize, Ma Late undertook a three month artist in residency at Werribee Park. Her solo exhibition will showcase new works created during this residency.

English student, Ma Late, took out first prize for her paper collage Three Countries . Arriving from Burma three years ago, Ma says her artwork is about Karen life in Burma, Thailand and Australia, and her hopes and dreams for the three countries and her people.

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

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.

Produced by AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria, Heartlands Refugee Art Prize is an important way for artists from refugee backgrounds to contribute and tell their stories. Last year it attracted 78 entries by artists from 15 countries.

Entries for 2013 Heartlands Refugee Art Prize are now open. For further information: www.multiculturalarts.com.au/heartlands Facebook: Heartlands Refugee Art Prize