Applications close 15 February 2019
The Orange House by the Sea Artist residency program is for mid-career women and non-binary artists who are working at the intersections of performance,
Originally founded in 1996 to provide sewing classes for Somali refugee women, twenty years later the Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group (MWSG) welcomes women and children of any culture, faith, age or background.
Sessions are held each Wednesday and Saturday afternoon in a church hall in Brunswick, just behind busy Sydney Road.
This campaign aims to cover the operating costs of MWSG for 2017. With additional grants secured for special projects and events, this funding will be directed to the wages of our trained facilitator who assists the women in their creative endeavours. Our women demonstrate the power of making something from nothing whilst sharing skills, life experiences, enthusiasm for the craft and a cup of tea.
The women who sew with us come from all over suburban Melbourne, some travelling up to 30 kilometres to come each week. On a typical afternoon, we welcome 15-20 women from over 30 different countries of origin.
“By coming here we’re talking to each other, we’re learning a language and we’re learning a skill” Jocelyn (Lebanon)
“If I come here and everyone respects me, I feel this is mine and I can respect everybody too” Mala (Nepal).
In this way, your contribution directly enhances both the artistic and social diversity of Melbourne.
WHY YOU SHOULD HELP
Most of our fabric, sewing machines and materials are donated and Brunswick Baptist Church kindly provides the venue and overheads. Over the years, MWSG has also been supported by a variety of government and corporate grants, private donations and fund-raising.
Recent changes to funding are now challenging our capacity to offer this free service. Without this funding we may have to reduce our sessions or close our doors completely.
We are however, committed to the way creativity builds harmony amongst so many different women. We are seeking supporters to help us to continue to do what we do in 2017. For example, a generous donation of $600 will cover our costs for 4 weeks – allowing us to welcome more of Melbourne’s most marginalised women into our safe and creative space.
Applications close 15 January 2017
The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young person. Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of feminism, empathy and defiance, and each year the recipient of the fellowship is asked to take up her notion of challenge: exploring bold subjects, thinking deeply and critically about the world and the culture we consume, and reflecting and building on the craft of writing or editing.
- Be female identifying, including: trans women, genderqueer and non-binary
WOW – Women of the World Festival Melbourne is a three-day festival of critical conversations, music, film and performance, celebrating women and taking an in-depth look at the remaining challenges to gender equality.
Conceived by Southbank Centre and launched in London in 2011, WOW – Women of the World has been identified as the largest network of women in the world.
With Footscray Community Arts Centre being home to many international communities with both local and global contexts, WOW Melbourne will mirror this diversity in all of its intersections across themes, challenges and celebrations.
3-day earlybird passes are available until 17 January 2017.