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New portraits at Box Hill Community Arts Centre shine a light on immigration

16 May 2018

An exhibition of portraits by artist Maria Radun displays the impressive work completed during the Artist in Resident program at Box Hill Community Arts Centre (BHCAC).
Whitehorse Councillor Andrew Munroe said Maria has spent time as Artist in Residence working in the BHCAC’s Artist’s Garden Room.

“The artist has created a range of thoughtful portraits, mainly in oils and featuring people who have immigrated to Australia at a young age,” Cr Munroe said.

“Maria was born in Russia and now lives in Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from Australian universities and this exhibition is a wonderful look at her work and also the achievements of BHCAC’s popular residency program.”

Maria’s paintings explore delicate and complex narratives inspired by her personal life and the stories of others. She is passionate about working from observation, and life drawing, still life and photographs are references that form her paintings.

The aim of BHCAC’s Artist in Residence Program is to support an emerging or established artist whilst providing the opportunity for them to develop their artistic practice in a vibrant, supportive arts facility.

“The Artist in Residence Program at one of Whitehorse’s leading arts facilities adds to the cultural life of the municipality and connects the local community through art as each Artist in Residence must lead a community art project as part of their tenure,” Cr Munroe said.

Where: Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill
When: Tuesday 29 May-Sunday 3 June. Official opening Thursday 31 May 6pm-8pm
Cost: Free

Maria Radun

Marina by Maria Radun

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