COMMISSIONS

indigenous  sites  of significance

UNDERCURRENT

Artist

Peta Clancy

THE MIGRANT 
EXPERIENCE

 

FROM THERE TO HERE

Artist

Lee Grant

HOMELESSNESs

LAY DOWN YOUR HEAD

Artist

Ponch Hawkes

THE LBGTQIA+

EXPERIENCE

BEING OURSELVES

Artist

David Rosetzky

ARTIST STATEMENT

CURATORIAL TEXT

THE EXHIBITION

ARTIST INTERVIEW

homelessness 

lay down your head

artist statement

Homelessness is not just sleeping rough in a doorway in the CBD.

 

It’s here in our community.

 

More and more, those without a secure roof over their head are women. There are many reasons why they have become homeless. For the women I spoke with, some had fled abusive relationships, others had fractured families, or they were battling mental health or addiction issues. They may simply have lost their job or have medical problems. Many older women are finding themselves with no superannuation, no work prospects and, like many, have been priced out of the private rental market.

 

These women and children are our family and friends. They are couch surfing or sleeping in our spare rooms, or stuck in boarding houses or temporary housing. Or they may be sleeping rough or dossing in their cars.

 

In Victoria there are 82,000 people on the public housing waiting list ..

 

25,000 Victorians are homeless on any given night.

 

  - Ponch Hawkes

Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road

WHEELERS HILL  VIC  3150

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