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Multicultural Arts Victoria and AMES presents

Heartlands Refugee Art Prize 2013

Do you paint, draw, etch, take photographs, make collages, wall hangings and mixed medium? We encourage you to submit your art!

Following on from the success of the past three years Heartlands Refugee Art Prize, Multicultural Arts Victoria andAMES are collaborating once again this year to bring you the Heartlands Refugee Art Prize 2013.

The Prize celebrates the contribution of refugee artists who have arrived in Australia since 1970. Now in its fourth year, this unique Art Prize will showcase the creative talent and social contribution of visual artists from a refugee background.

Media Release

Media Release

Heartlands Judges

Heartlands Judge Profiles

Entry Forms

To enter, please download the Information for Entrants and Entry Form to attach to your completed work.

Entry form - English (PDF)

Entry form - English (Word)

Entry forms are also available in the following languages

English Arabic Dari Khmer Vietnamese Spanish Karen Chin

Information for entrants

You can read about information for entrants, and conditions of entry:

Information for entrants - English (PDF)

Information for entrants is also available in the following languages

Spanish Karen Chin Arabic Dari Khmer Vietnamese

Applications Closing Date: 10th of May 2013 at 5pm

Entries must be submitted to: Multicultural Arts Victoria.

Entries must be delivered to: Multicultural Arts Victoria 208-220 Bank Street South Melbourne between 10am - 5pm or email digital copies to: fiesta@multiculturalarts.com.au


A total prize pool of over $20,000.00 in cash and prizes to support artistic output and career aspirations.

All short-listed will be shown at Heartlands exhibitions on the following dates:


June 18 - 29 at fortyfivedownstairs
July 4 - 27 at Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong
September 1 - 14 at Werribee Park

Prizes will be awarded on Thursday, 20 June 2013 at the opening of the exhibition, at www.fortyfivedownstairs.com.

$12,000 First Prize (Acquisitive) VicHealth Award
$5,000 Second Prize, Victorian Multicultural Commission Award
$2,000 Third Prize, Relationships Australia Award
$1,000 Newly Arrived Refugee Prize (arrived in Australia from 2005)
Artist in Residence Prize


Widely quoted by philosophers, artists and politicians alike, the expression 'We must be the change we wish to see in the world' was first attributed to India's most famous 20th Century leader Mahatma Ghandi.

The saying has also inspired the theme for this year's Heartlands Prize.

'I wish to see...' signals an opportunity for artists to consider and share what they would like to see in the world.

The entrants' painting, drawing, photography and mixed media works will reflect and express the theme I wish to see...;

Examples of this could include: I wish to see a more harmonious world; I wish to see a place where there is no racism; I wish to see a new life for my family in Australia

Artwork that does not reflect the theme will not be considered

View 2012 Winners Artworks

View 2012 Winners Artworks

More information

Please contact Trinidad Estay or Deshani Wickremasinghe Multicultural Arts Victoria on 03 9188 3681 Monday to Friday or Email: fiesta@multiculturalarts.com.au.

To speak to somebody who can assist you with completing your application please contact: (Mondays and Fridays only)

Eh Htoo Saw Weeku (Karen) - 0434 306 108
Basim Sulaiman (Arabic) - 0405 538 331
Rosa Vasseghi (Dari & Farsi) - 0427 563 801
Latifa Ali (Hazaragi & Urdu) -0469 278 685
Sukte (Chin dialects: Falam, Lautu, Haka, Tiddim & Zomi) - 0430 978 048