11.00 am — 4.00 pm
Dudley House
60 View St

Bendigo, Victoria 3550 Australia
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EMERGE Cultural Hub Bendigo – Multicultural Arts Victoria is proud to present, CHRYSALIS, an art exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy of culture in Bendigo.

The exhibition will feature various mediums, such as photography, installation, textiles, painting, sculpture, fashion, and weaving. The artists include Janet Bromley, Tashara Roberts, Michellie Charvat, Ian Clark, Hyra Usman, Troy Firebrace, Daikota Nelson, Lizette Vieyra, Akhila Fernando, and Susie Oh.

“I am really excited to curate this exhibition of works from First Nations and Culturally Diverse artists who are living in the Bendigo Region. Some of the artists are established and others are exhibiting for the first time. It is vital for artists to connect with each other and share ideas”
Forest Keegel, Creative Producer, EMERGE Cultural Hub

It’s going to be a fantastic experience I’m so excited to have an opening and be able to interact with other artists and with those who will come to see the artworks…. no matter what culture, religion, ethnicity or place you have come from there are life lessons and situations that individuals ‘emerge’ from, that much like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, changes them and helps them grow …. this exhibition is going to be so diverse in not only cultural backgrounds and subject matter, materials and techniques but also the age groups of the people that are part of the exhibition
Michellie Charvat, Participating Artist


Janet Bromley, Tashara Roberts, Michellie Charvat, Ian Clark, Hyra Usman, Troy Firebrace, Daikota Nelson, Lizette Vieyra, Akhila Fernando, Susie Oh, Trina Dalton-Oogjes, Lorraine Brigdale, Shania charvat, Takahiko Sugawara, Qudy Xu, Kerri Douglas, Robyn Davis, Paw Kyi Pai, Me Ri.

Qudy Xu
Xu is a self-taught Chinese artist.  She grew up in the rice fields in a small remote village in southern china. From a young age she longed to be an artist, for they made dreams come alive, they connected the invisible world with the visible reality, they turned life into permanent beauty. And so she played with pens and colours until one day she heard the calls from within, she answered and followed this call, to find the world she created under her hands, has become the life she now lives in. Seeking inspiration and a change of lifestyle, led her to move to Cambodia in 1999 then to Australia in 2012. She has exhibited in Cambodia and Australia since 2007.

Tashara Roberts
Bendigo based contemporary conceptual photo-media artist, Tashara Roberts, works mainly with photography, but also has interests in mixed media, painting, sculpture and music.  She describes her work as a shape shifting therapy that takes many forms and keeps her out of trouble.

Tashara has Australian Aboriginal heritage, as well as English and German.  Born in 1979, she was raised in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.  in 2014 she moved to the Central Victorian town of Bendigo, which had always been close to her heart as it is the birthplace of her grandparents.

Tashara has always had a romance with the camera, wanting to use her lens to show people what it was like looking at the world through her eyes. In her spare time she photographs landscapes and wildlife, she says she finds it calming.

Key Information:
Art Exhibition Dudley House
60 View St Bendigo
9-18 February 2018

Gallery Opening Hours:
9th Feb Opening 5-8 PM
Tuesday-Thursday 11-3 PM
Wednesday 11-3 PM & 5-8 PM
Friday-Saturday 12-4 PM

 Project Partners 

City of Greater Bendigo
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services

Supported by Creative Victoria through the Regional Centre for Culture and City of Greater Bendigo

EMERGE aims to increase opportunities for emerging & refugee communities to participate in & control their own cultural development. The Emerge Cultural Hub in Bendigo is part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Cultural Network that operates within a Community Cultural Development framework.  The Emerge program will add a diverse voice to the arts and cultural landscape in Bendigo through creating intercultural arts experiences, increasing participation and opportunities by and for artists and community members from former refugee and Indigenous backgrounds. http://multiculturalarts.com.au/transform/emerge/


Friday 9 February 2018, 11.00 am
Sunday 18 February 2018, 4.00 pm
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