Sibe Lumani
Rose-Linda Portelli RACHEL EDWARD
Ara Doaltian
Eleanor Purseglove with ARTS ACCESS VICTORIA

‘I call home sweet home four different places’


August 16th @ 6pm

Far Fetched Design
84 Charles Street


Artist Statement

This project brings together the work of two artists, Sibe Lumani and Rose-Linda Portelli, both living different Supported Residential Services in Footscray and participating on the Arts Access Victoria SRS Studios program. The project draws on their common interests of home and place, and how they shape our personal and cultural identities. Sibe and Rose-Linda, mentored by artists Ara Dolatian and Eleanor Purseglove, will work alongside video artist Rachel Edward, using multi medium artforms to share their unique perspectives of Home. I Call Home Sweet Home Four Different Places is a playful explosion of colour, sharing stories from voices that are not often heard, told through art that is not often seen.

Sibe and Rose-Linda explore the theme of home through cultural identity and place. They express their ideas through painting and drawing, both bringing a unique and fresh aesthetic to the medium. The works are bold, colourful and playful. Both artists currently live and practice in Footscray.


Sibe Lumani
Sibe Lumani was born in the old St Vincent's hospital in Melbourne and has lived in Broadmeadows, Shepperton and Werribee before moving to Footscray thirteen years ago. She is mother to six children, three boys and three girls. She is a prolific artist, working mainly in painting and drawing, exploring themes of home, place and family.

Rose-Linda Portelli
Rose-Linda Portelli was born in Melbourne, she lives and practices her art from Footscray. Rose-Linda explores the theme of home, place and family and regularly visits Malta where she originates from. Her work is expressed through drawing and painting in a colourful and playful aesthetic.

Rachel Edward
Rachel Edward is a highly skilled community arts and cultural development practitioner with a passion for supporting inclusion in community life for people who have a marginalized experience. Recent years have found her focusing on her photography and film work, collaborating and making work with a variety of companies, including Rawcus, Inclusion Melbourne, RMIT, City of Port Phillip, Making Space (Beneath, Best Kids Event Winner, Melbourne Fringe 2017), Barking Spider Visual Theatre, as well as many independent artists. She has been a performer with Rawcus since 2002, is currently a support artist with Fog Theatre and City of Voices and co- creator and performer with Dearly Departed.

Ara Dolatian
Ara Dolatian received a Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) from RMIT University (2012) and Master in Social Science Environment and Planning (2014). His interdisciplinary practice explores the relationships between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. Ara has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been involved with a number of collaborations and public art projects. To name few: Centro Negro Spain, Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo in Montevideo, C3 Contemporary, Incinerator Gallery, Town Hall Gallery, Seventh Gallery, Kings ARI, The Darebin Art Prize Finalist, Notfair, The Substation Station Art Prize Finalist, Career Development Funding Recipient, Australia Council and Soil Science Australia.

Eleanor Purseglove
Eleanor Purseglove received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2010. She has a painting practice and has exhibited in the UK and Australia. She has spent the last six years facilitating different (community) arts programs across both countries.