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A collaboration between Community Arts Network, the City of Stirling and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre, Home is a project which responds to social challenges which women living in Mirrabooka, who have recently migrated to Australia, may face.

Mirrabooka is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse suburbs in Perth. Its residents hail from all over the world, including Syria, Myanmar, Iraq, China, Vietnam, North Macedonia and Somalia. Many people who settle in the area may experience social isolation, language and cultural barriers, difficulty obtaining employment, and a reluctance to participate in civic life.

Home has been designed to support participants to overcome some of these challenges.  Through a series of workshops with jewellery-maker Sultana Shamshi and textile/embroidery artist Susie Vickery, participants have been engaging in a range of jewellery-making and craft skills, building their creativity and confidence through art while forming new social connections.

Drawing creative inspiration from their former homes – which include Egypt, Ethiopia, Palestine, Syria, Sudan and Iraq – and their new home, Australia, participants are creating a range of art and craft objects, including necklaces, brooches and bags in a safe, collaborative space. As they progress through the workshops, participants will learn how to price and present their art works for sale at local markets, which will enable them to earn an income using their newly acquired craft skills, if they wish.

As the women gather each week to share stories of their homelands through their artworks, social barriers are dissolving, friendships are flourishing and a sense of community is developing.

Home runs from November 2019 to March 2020. Registrations for 2019 are closed.

For more information, contact Project Coordinator Meelee: 9226 2422

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