Schools Program: Vicky the Truck + A Place Called Home (Artist Workshop)

event date: 
Friday, 17 August 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

On August 15th, 16th and 17th, Warrnambool Art Gallery is delighted to be welcoming Vicky the Truck and Miream Salameh to the gallery to run a unique and FREE schools program focusing on multiculturalism.

Vicky the Truck

Vicky the Truck is an interactive truck travelling Victoria as a part of the Victorian. And Proud of it. campaign.Through an interactive digital experience, visitors to Vicky will find information about the Victorian. And proud of it. campaign, understand the Victorian Values Statement, and get the chance to tell us why they’re a proud Victorian and share it with others. Visitors to Vicky will also have an immersive video experience using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. You will see stories of real Victorians living by our shared values, making their contribution to our community. In the digital media booth you can take a picture or film a 30 second video about how you contribute at work, school, home or in the community.

A Place Called Home Workshop

While students are visiting Vicky the Truck, they will also have the unique opportunity to participate in an artist workshop facilitated by critically acclaimed Syrian visual artist Miream Salameh around the concepts of home and journey and what it means to each young person in their lives. Miream will invite discussion around these complex ideas, sharing with the young people her own story, from Syria, to Lebanon and now to Melbourne and what home means to her as a political refugee. The young people will invited to draw their home and they perceive and feel it to be from the pictures drawn, the young people will create paper boats that will be hung in the gallery for all to see.

Miream Salameh

Miream Salameh was born in Homs, Syria in 1983. When the Syrian Revolution broke out in 2011, Salameh was persecuted both as a revolutionary and visual artist. Miream, with her friends, founded a magazine called (Justice) in which they documented Assad abuses in the city of Homs. Due to her involvement in anti-government activism, she was forced to leave her homeland after regime forces made threats of rape, arrest and murder against her, looting and destroying most of her artwork. With her three remaining artworks, she fled her homeland to Lebanon in 2012 and came to Australia in 2013 as refugee.

Miream's artwork addresses issues of social justice, freedom and the suffering of the Syrian people, who are being violently oppressed for resisting dictatorship. She studied at the Fine Art Institute in Syria and practiced with the well-known Syrian sculptor, Wael Kasstoun, for seven years. Miream has participated in many exhibitions in Syria and overseas, including four group exhibitions and a solo exhibition (Syrian Story) in Australia. Miream is currently studying Bachelor of Fine Art at VCA.

Click here to watch a video about Miream's story.

The Victorian Values Statement

For more information on the Victorian Values Statement, visit the Victorian. And proud of it. website: https://proud.vic.gov.au/victorian-values-statement/.

Session Times

There are two sessions each day on August 15th, 16th and 17th from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Bookings

This event is FREE but places are limited. School groups up to 30 students can book a morning or afternoon session that includes the Vicky the Truck interactive experience and A Place Called Home workshop. Both events run concurrently. For more information or to book this session, get in contact with WAG Education Officer Agostina Hawkins on 03 5559 4949 or via email on ahawkins [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au.