Cultural diversity a winner

Published Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Living Cultures Festival 2017 - Image by Helen Tran
Living Cultures Festival 2017 - Image by Helen Tran

Fairfield City Museum & Gallery has been declared the winner of a leading arts industry award for one of its 2017 exhibitions.

The multicultural exhibition A Home Away from Home: Exploring Fairfield City’s Multicultural Clubs was awarded first prize in the Exhibition Projects – Museums category for small organisations at Museum and Galleries of NSW’s IMAGinE Award ceremony on 10 November.

The IMAGinE Awards recognise the people who work and contribute to museums and galleries across NSW.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said he was proud of the Museum & Gallery’s achievement.

“I’m delighted for Fairfield City Museum & Gallery staff and volunteers who contribute so much energy to ensuring our City’s diverse cultural heritage is represented in the numerous exhibitions throughout the year,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Fairfield City Museum & Gallery aims to engage and strengthen our community through the arts, culture and heritage, inspiring an interest in the past and present.

“It’s very fitting it has won a prestigious IMAGinE Award for the outstanding multicultural exhibition that showcased the City’s migrant history and community groups.

“I’d like to congratulate Fairfield City Museum & Gallery staff and volunteers for this award win and for giving so much time and energy to our City’s cultural sector. The award is reflective of the ongoing dedication of Fairfield City Museum & Gallery staff.”

As part of A Home Away from Home, the Museum & Gallery hosted three public programs that celebrated cultural diversity, which included Council’s popular Living Cultures Festival and two events dedicated to Fairfield City’s large Italian and Assyrian communities.

“These events and our other ongoing exhibitions aim to give the Fairfield City community a sense of ownership over what is featured, with the work mostly tied to the City’s cultural diversity and local artists,” Mayor Carbone said.

A Home Away from Home: Exploring Fairfield City’s Multicultural Clubs was on exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery from 3 December 2016 to 10 June 2017. The exhibition highlighted 15 ethnic clubs in Fairfield City and featured art, oral histories and film, as well as costumes, artefacts and objects reflecting numerous cultures, complemented by the photography of Helen Tran.

Now on exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery is 2016 Artist in Residence Loribelle Spirovski’s solo exhibition Diaspora, which features portraits of Fairfield City’s diverse community. Two new exhibitions, Fairfield on Film and Around the Time, will be unveiled to the public on 25 November.