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Melbourne: Grandmothers at the Art Gallery

13 February 2018 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

We are joining in with a  World Vision event.
Grandmothers and Friends of Grandmothers, come in purple to the water wall at the entrance to the Victorian National Gallery, St Kilda Road. BRING YOUR CAMERAS

Meet  (wearing purple scarves )

When? 10.30  a.m  Tuesday 13th February

Where?  At the entrance to the National Gallery of Victoria in St Kilda Road  by the water wall. 

Spend  one and a half hours at the amazing exhibition depicting refugees (as part of the Triennial exhibition on the third floor).


First we will proceed to the third floor of the gallery  (after cloaking our back packs with picnics in them).On the third floor we will see:

The refugee exhibition at the Gallery as part of the  Melbourne Triennial

See the extraordinary exhibitions. See the arresting video work “Incoming “of Richard Mosse, which includes work narrated by Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani imprisoned on Manus. His indictment of the cruelty experienced there is heart shattering.

Don’t miss the poignant painting by Ben Quilty, or the installation by Candice Breitz – renamed “Wilson Must Go” for this exhibition.

THEN THE WALK at  12 noonBe at the entrance to the Gallery again at 12 noon.  Bring a placard if you have one. We’ll organize some cut-out children and two banners. We will walk together  (only 10 minutes) across Princes Bridge to St Paul’s.

Join the installation: We join the World Vision ceremony Bears on Stairs on the steps of St Paul’s.  If you can bring a teddy bear (in good condition) to donate, place it on the steps of St Paul’s as part of the Bears on Stairs installation.  Listen to Tim Costello.

Walk back to the gallery and regroup for the picnic afterwards  

Bring a picnic lunch.  We’ll regroup at the gallery after the ceremony at St Paul’s. (We estimate we’ll be back at the gallery by around 1.15pm).  We can leave backpacks with picnics in them at the Gallery cloakroom and retrieve them when we arrive back at the gallery. Gallery officials will facilitate our entry with picnics to the sculpture garden at the back where seating is available.

 What will happen to the teddy bears?

The bears will be donated to ASRC to distribute to refugee children.

So many refugee children are suffering and over 150 refugee and asylum seeker children are still marooned on Nauru. Our participation on Tuesday draws attention to the unconscionable harm being done to children — as well as to the cruelty and injustice to men, women and children whose only crime was to seek our help.

Clare Pam and Helen for the Grandmothers


Art Gallery of Victoria
St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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