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Longing for Home


Image: Sofie Dieu, Longing for Home, cotton embroidered dress, 340cm diameter, 2020

Kingston Arts Grant recipient, Sofie Dieu, presents Longing for Home: Stories of First-Generation Australian Women.

Longing for Home talks about womanhood and belonging in a community based project that aims at acknowledging first generation Australian women through their creative work and social connection. The exhibition includes the embroidery work of 50 new Australian women. Living in the Cities of Kingston and Monash, they took part in a series of embroidery workshops between October and November 2019, with artist Sofie Dieu.

This exhibition celebrates the participants' personal narratives and creativity. Together with the artist they talked about the joys and difficulties of making Australia their new home and found so much in common despite their different backgrounds and ages.

In the context of immigration, they teased out the emotionally charged meaning of home, and draw on creativity to translate their own experience.

The embroideries have been sewn together to create a 3.4 metre diameter dress which has been performed by the artist. The artistic outcome is a series of painted photos and a video performance all shown at Kingston Arts this summer.

As part of this Arts Grant project Sofie will be running the below free workshops. 


Adult Workshop
STORY TELLING: Poetry and collage 

When: January 2022, date to be announced
Where: Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin

Create a poem that tells your story in this mixed media collage workshop with artist Sofie Dieu.

Following Sofie's prompts, assemble a story in visual form using hand-drawn images and poetry. By the end of the workshop, you will have created a stunning piece of contemporary artwork that’s ready to be framed!

This workshop is suitable for those who speak English as a second language.

All materials provided.

Check back here soon for the booking link to secure your spot. Places are limited to 10 people. 

Kids Workshop
HYPER SENSORIAL ART: Painting the river in bubbles 

When: January 2022, date to be announced
Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin

Painting the river in bubbles is a sensory art activity that will delight all children!

Join visual artist Sofie Dieu for this fun creative session where your child will learn the secret of our river systems and paint their own creek with coloured bubbles. In this workshop, children will make a decorated bubble wand and create a colourful magic bubble mixture before painting a series of cards.

Things to bring with you to the workshop:

  • Children to wear an apron or clothes they don’t mind getting paint on
  • Please bring 3 or 4 small recycled food containers with a lid. They must be leak proof
  • All other materials are provided 

*Parental supervision is required at all times for children participating in this workshop.

Check back here soon for the booking link to secure your spot. Places are limited to 8 children plus guardians.

sofie dieu

Born in rural France, Sofie Dieu is a culturally and linguistically diverse visual artist. She engages with remote communities and first generation Australian women to develop her multimedia projects. Her art lies at the intersection of womanhood, healing and spirituality. Sofie has a Bachelor in Textile Design and Sculpture. In 2016, she graduated from Montpellier III University with a Master in Visual Art and Contemporary Practice. She currently teaches design theory at Monash University. 

Sofie's collaborations include working with the Black Dog Institute, the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women Coalition, and local government. Her work has been extensively shown in Gippsland and around Melbourne. In 2020, Sofie Dieu was the recipient of the City of Kingston and Monash art grant program, for her project Longing for Home, Stories of First Generation Australian Women. She is a multi-art prizes and award finalist.

Instagram: @sofiedieu


Exhibition: Thursday 25 November – Saturday 15 January
Exhibition event: January 2022


Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin


Admission free