19 March – 4 April
In celebration of Harmony Day Ondru’s ‘Walking in My Shoes’ showcases the poetic stories of cultural, social & individual identity.
‘Walking in My Shoes’ is an art project that aims to tell stories of cultural, social and individual identity through personal objects and symbolism. It focuses on providing a voice of personal expression for Aboriginal and diverse communities.
Diverse groups of people co-exist within our society, but they do not necessarily enjoy a sense of community, a sense of belonging. There exists a challenge to build a sense of community which opposes racism, xenophobia and oppression. Whilst acknowledging that every community is unique and changeable, interaction is the key to social change, a central force to building a community that is inclusive of all.
Photograph by Devika Bilimoria
6 April – 5 May
Opening: Thursday 11 April, 6pm – 8pm
In a world of digital technology and mobile devices, the artist exposes his audience to blue light, digital technology and mobile device engagement. He explores the effects of blue light and how it can consume you. The QR codes featured in this exhibition reveal a series of works by the artist before being diagnosed with cancer.
9 – 26 May
Opening: Thursday 9 May, 6pm – 8pm
Artist in Residence Arisa Kawabe presents ‘The accumulation of our little narratives’.
Everyone has precious memories, but they will be lost over time. However, even if memory is lost from the body (the body being a container for the sprit), the being called “I” (which is made from past memories), appears in this world. The whole world consists of the accumulation of the small stories of “I” and this forms a large historical account. Arisa states ‘an individual’s narrative gave me motivation and the opportunity to connect with other small stories of “I” and during these moments I felt that I could recognise the world a little’.
The City of Whitehorse has a Sister City Relationship with Matsudo, a Japanese city on the outskirts of Tokyo. The relationship was developed by the former City of Box Hill in 1971 and was continued by the City of Whitehorse in 1994, when local government in Victoria amalgamated.
The two cities participate in an active exchange program for young people, which strengthens cultural understanding and promotes friendly relations. The relationship also promotes economic development opportunities between the two countries. This exhibition is a celebration of this enduring Sister City Relationship.
28 May – 9 June
Opening: Monday 27 May, 6pm – 8pm
Come and enjoy the textures and colours of winter during the annual Winter Warmers exhibition, featuring handmade items from local artists. The exhibition showcases works by a variety of artists and includes textiles, sculptures, glasswork, paintings, cards, prints, woodwork and jewellery.
12 – 16 June
Opening: Tuesday 11 June, 2pm
This annual exhibition by the Box Hill Hand Spinners and Weavers is a colourful and skilful display of handspun, knitted and woven garments, as well as homewares and toys.
18 – 23 June
Opening: Monday 18 June, 7:30pm
A showcase of the art of Box Hill Art Group. This is an opportunity to experience a wide range of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the members of the very active Box Hill Art Group. With a wide range of both styles and subjects, there will be artworks that will appeal to everyone.
25 June – 14 July
To coincide with NAIDOC week BHCAC in collaboration with Ondru brings Yumarrala Ngulu: give voice, stories of courage and strength by the Stolen Generations.
Yumarrala Ngulu: give voice is an art project that aims to honour the Stolen Generations, embodying their courage and strength through their own voice and creating a space for healing. The project primarily focuses on providing a voice for women’s experiences of the Stolen Generations while sharing their stories of family, love, hope and their dreams for the future. The stories have been told directly by the women or in some cases shared by family members.
The project strives towards a more compassionate and connected society, creating a space for dialogue with the broader community that encourages shared understanding of the historic struggles of Aboriginal women. This dialogue begins by acknowledging and respecting their unique stories and communicating the need for recognition.
Reconciliation is about acknowledging and respecting the history and dignity of Aboriginal peoples to build better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal peoples.
Yumarrala Ngulu means ‘give voice’ in the language of Woiwurrung. Woiwurrung is an Indigenous language spoken by the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria, from Mount Baw Baw in the east to Mount Macedon, Sunbury and Gisborne in the west.
Photograph by Devika Bilimoria