22 July - 1 December 2016
'Seeking Humanity: Portraits and Stories of Australia's Asylum Seekers and Refugees' exhibition by Wendy Sharpe
Official Launch - 10 December 2015
10 December 2015 - 4 March 2016
Wendy Sharpe’s exhibition shows a series of portraits of asylum seekers compiled in 2015. Wendy’s subjects spoke with her about themselves, their homes, careers, where they came from and often – the families they had left behind.
For Wendy, these stories are relevant and inspiring: and for those being portrayed, both the process and the finished artwork recognise their hopes, dreams and shared humanity.
The exhibition is made possible by the generous support and partnership formed with the Asylum Seekers Centre in Sydney. These portraits were gifted by Wendy Sharpe with the sale of each work providing financial assistance for the work of the centre.
The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for asylum seekers living in the community. Their services include casework, accommodation, financial relief, health care and counselling, employment assistance, education, food, advocacy and recreational activities. The centre is a not-for-profit organisation relying on grants, donations and volunteers to undertake its work.
This special exhibition was officially opened on Thursday 10 December by Maree Whybourne (CEO Mary MacKillop Foundation) at Mary MacKillop Place Museum.
'Treasures Under the Southern Cross: Celebrating 20 Years of Shared Stories' exhibition
Official Launch - 20 May
21 May - 22 November 2015
Artist Floor Talks
11 & 25 February
'Threshold' exhibition artist floor talks by Marcelle Mansour
On 11 and 25 February a free event in conjunction with the exhibition 'Threshold' was hosted by the Museum. The exhibiting artist, Marcelle Mansour, shared her story behind the creation of this reflective and beautiful series of work. Marcelle spoke of her journey to her homeland in the Middle East and back to Australia. A poetry reading accompanied the talk and open discussion.
Click on the audio to hear an interview with Marcelle on 2RRR Community Radio.
11 August 2014
Gallery 3 Re-opening
The Museum has recently completed another stage of refurbishment. Gallery 3 was re-opened to the public on 19 July after completion of a 2-week refurbishment program. Curator, Edwina Huntley and Registrar, Amanda Olliek have worked tirelessly for the past few months researching content for new exhibition displays, conserving and preserving objects and installing new objects into the gallery. Some exhibition spaces have been opened up to help visitors move through the gallery in more comfort.