See article in its original context here by Annabel Ross for The Age.
“I wish to see”, a twist on the famous Mahatma Gandhi saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, was a fitting theme for this year’s Heartlands Refugee Art Prize.
The winners of the three main awards – a newly arrived prize, an artist-in-residence prize and two highly commended entries – were announced at the Thursday night exhibition opening of the shortlisted works at fortyfivedownstairs.
Now in its fourth year, the competition attracted 70 entries this year, including paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed-medium pieces. Artists from 16 countries are represented in the 40 shortlisted works that make up the exhibition, judged by a panel of prominent Melbourne arts figures, including Carol Cains, curator of Asian art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and Daine Singer, who runs a gallery in Flinders Lane.
There was no second-place prize this year, with Ethiopian-born Sutueal Bekele Althe and Vietnamese-born Minh Phan instead named joint winners. Phan, who came runner up in last year’s prize, impressed judges with an oil on copper painting called Two Views.