Heartlands 2020

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Heartlands 2020 – Stories from the other side

AMES Australia is inviting people from refugee or migrant backgrounds to take part in an exciting arts project aimed at giving a voice to emerging communities in the public conversation about what it means to be Australian in 2020.

The participants will be asked to submit digital images which align with the theme: ‘Stories from the other side’.

Much of what we see in the media about refugees, migrants and emerging communities is framed though the norms and traditions of mainstream society.

Heartlands 2020 is an opportunity for people from new and emerging communities to tell their own authentic stories or present insights and perspectives of the world through the prism of their own lives or communities.

Aspiring photographers or digital artists are invited to submit an expression of interest, from which five will be selected and provided with a digital SLR camera to use in the creation of images aligned with the Heartlands theme for 2020.

The ‘Stories from the other side’ theme might encompass:

  • Images of bushfire recovery
  • Surviving of conflict, torture or trauma
  • The passage to adulthood
  • Surviving family violence
  • Finding employment in Australia
  • The experiences of newly-arrived LGBTGI+ people in Australia
  • Finding or forging a new identity in Australia
  • Friendships forged across cultural divides
  • Settling and building a new life in regional Australia
  • Discrimination and racism
  • Diaspora communities

Other subject matter that aligns with the broad theme will also be considered.

The five artists’ work will be exhibited at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne in August.

How to enter

If you would like submit an expression of interest please click enquire now. As part of your application you will need to include:

  • three images of previous photographic work (sized at 300 dpi and between 1-2mb)
  • a CV or statement outlining any artistic or photographic experience including exhibition history if relevant
  • a statement outlining how you will respond to the theme ‘Stories from the other side’ through photographic images (considering the suggested topics above or proposing other aligned subject matter).

Please direct all enquiries to heartlands@ames.net.au or phone 03 9938 4605.


Heartlands 2020