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Italian Australian: Creating Culture/Defining Diaspora, 2015, Carlton 2015


Timor-Leste: Then and Now

​Friday 27 October- Friday 10 November 2017

With the  fifteenth anniversary of independence for Timor-Leste this year, The Foundling Archive welcomes Student Conservators for Timor-Leste into The Good Room  to commemorate the vital and continued friendships that were forged between Australian and Timorese student protesters at the beginning of the struggle, in the 1970s.  

This exhibition incorporated a symposium and program addressing the potential for small, independent community arts projects to build trust, transnational empathy and interpersonal bonds in a post-colonial age.

Works on paper, textile and photography.

Student Conservators for Timor Leste (SCTL) is a group that exists to promote the preservation and continuation of the cultural heritage of Timor-Leste.


Embodied Traces & Here Come The Red Men

Friday 6th - 20th October, 2017

Two projects presenting alternative perspectives on interior and exterior realities, and how these spaces come to have political implications within the world.

Hannah Beilharz is a mixed media artist currently undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at RMIT University. Her exhibition, Embodied Traces: the feminine corporeal investigates perspectives on bodily experience and societal expectation through an ephemeral installation. Selected from an ongoing series of work this installation attempts to reveal the politicised reality of inhabiting a gendered body, and in particular the multi-faceted political ways that gender impacts upon personal experiences. In this way the work investigates the space between exterior and interior realities of the body, proposing alternative perspectives on embodiment.

Guy Lobwein is a Melbourne based artist completing his Honours in Fine Art at RMIT and works with virtual reality, animation and drawing to explore the spectacle of war in contemporary society.

Here Come the Red Men is a virtual reality film that allows audiences to enter a reality formed from the ubiquitous screen-media that has come represent conflict, past and present. A traversable 3D and 2D animated experience, this project endeavours to examine relationships between the real and the virtual in our increasingly digital spaces.

Image: Here Come the Red Men


From Glory Boxes to Grindr and other assorted tales of the everyday

November 23 - 21 December, 2016

Oral History Victoria Inaugural group showcase.

Showcasing the recent and varied projects completed by members of Oral History Victoria, this exhibition commemorates the ordinary and celebrates the ability for everyone to create histories through the power of conversation. 


Through this collection of projects presented as vignettes - snippets of time and of perspective, you will be asked to listen to the obscure, the everyday and the mainstream.


Voices of others displayed in both traditional and digital formats talk us through personal experiences of wartime effort and diplomacy, family life in rural and urban Australia, the perils of dating through generations, the perspective of cultural and political outsiders, impressions of foreign places, the history of the creation of our diverse communities and more....

Contributions from: 

Australian Generations Oral History Project, Chinese Museum Melbourne, Geelong Voices Oral History Project, History@Work, Let's Remember This, Memento Media, Somebody's Daughter Theatre Company, The Foundling Archive, Young Christian Workers Archive, Way Back When.

About Oral History Victoria

Oral History Victoria, the State branch of Oral History Australia, exists to promote oral history practice and understanding. The OHV committee is a voluntary organisation. We organise a yearly calendar of events which includes training workshops, OHV Innovation Awards, Rewind newsletter for members and this website, containing current national and international oral history content.


// KEEPSAKES: A series of audio mementos //

October 12 - 19 November, 2016

What do we save and how do we save it? 


An audio exhibition of sound-rich stories exploring the different ways we hold onto our memories.

We’ll hear childhood reminiscences, we’ll unpack the way we preserve the present and we’ll peek into almost-forgotten time capsules. We’re diving into memories and the objects that remind us of who we used to be. Some objects hold histories, but if we don’t hear their stories they stay mysteries. KEEPSAKES is an attempt to preserve the stories of people, places and things that might otherwise be lost to time.

Hosted by All The Best’s Bec Fary, Bethany Atkinson-Quinton and Michael Brydon, KEEPSAKES will feature work by a range of local artists, poets and writers, including: Amy Tsilemanis, Andi Snelling, Beth Gibson, Cassandra Wright, Jess Fairfax, Lauren Klein, Made Stuchbery, May Jasper, Melissa Fletcher Young, Molly George, Philippe Perez, Rachael Dexter and Zacha Rosen.

About All The Best

All The Best is an Australian community radio storytelling show, with producers based in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It's broadcast nationwide on the Community Radio Network and a highly acclaimed podcast. If you haven't already, check us out at or search "All the Best" on iTunes.


Anglo-Indians Sail into White Australia 1947

August 24 - 08 October 2016

Anglo-Indians Sail into White Australia by Leslie Morgan deals with a moment of crisis for White Australia in 1947. In so doing, it explores racism and belonging through the arrival of mixed race people in a time of heightened racial and border anxieties.

​Works in oil

About Dr. Leslie Morgan

Dr Leslie Morgan is a writer and painter concerned with race, diaspora, cultural hybridity and whiteness. He is the author of two books Illegal Action (2005), and The Significance of Diaspora Politics in the Visual Arts (2008). Morgan’s chapter on the work of Abdul Abdullah is published as part of Re-Imagining the City by Intellect books (2013). His doctoral thesis, ‘The Significance of Diaspora Politics in the Visual Arts’ drew largely on 1980s Black British cultural politics. Leslie's documentary tone compels us to look at the everyday experience as something that is negotiated between individual agency and the constraints of the social, political and biological.



27 August - 16 October 2015

Photography and recorded interviews of around 200 participants result in an exhibition that may confirm your impressions of Italian-Australians and may also challenge it. This is not a nostalgic gaze into tradition, nor is it a definitive contemporary document, but rather an introduction to the idea that it is possible to be both Australian and Italian, and it is possible to feel like you are neither. In partnership with CO.AS.IT, Museo Italiano.

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