16 December 2015

Home and Art

Home and Art Ambassador, artist Kosar Majani

Home and Art Prize Ambassador, Kosar Majani, pictured with her work entitled Car chador. Picture credit - Jason Edwards.

Call for submissions for a new national art prize worth $3000 for refugees and asylum seekers

The competition

The City of Greater Dandenong in Victoria has launched a national art prize for artists with an asylum seeker or refugee background. If you’re eligible, Home and Art can provide you with an opportunity to celebrate your important contribution to Australia’s cultural and social fabric.

Home and Art has been created to recognise artists from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds who may have had to put their artist identity aside as they establish themselves in their new country.

The artworks can be produced in any media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video, photography or drawing. The content may tell the story of the artist’s personal journey or reflect long-standing artistic traditions or values.

Home and Art will include an exhibition at Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong in July 2016 featuring artists selected from the national call for submissions.


First Prize is $3000; a second cash prize of $500 will be awarded to an artist living in the City of Greater Dandenong. There is an additional prize of an Artist in Residency studio space in Dandenong for three months.

If you are successful, the prizes can assist in recognising and nurturing your talents, encourage you to pursue your art and provide you with opportunities to develop professional pathways to working in the creative sector in Australia.

The prize is open to artists that arrived as a refugee or sought asylum in Australia after 1 January 2000.


  • Applications close: Monday 14 March 2016
  • Successful artists notified: Friday 8 April 2016
  • Delivery of artworks: on or before Monday 13 June 2016
  • Opening event: Thursday 7 July 2016

Eligible entrants can also apply for assistance to freight their artwork to the gallery if chosen for the exhibition. For more information and entry forms phone Walker Street Gallery on (03) 9706 8441 or go to the Competitions section at www.walkerstgallery.com.au.

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