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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.

exhibition event

This online event has been cancelled. 

Celebrating the closing weekend of Longing for Home, join Kingston Arts and artist Sofie Dieu for a virtual afternoon of insights from the artist and guest speakers involved with the project.


Adult Workshop
STORY TELLING: Poetry and collage  - FULLY BOOKED

The onsite workshop has been cancelled. Participants will now be posted a poetry and collage workshop pack.

When: Saturday 26 February, 1pm–1.45pm
Where: At Home & Online via Zoom
Free, registration now closed

Create a poem that tells your story in this mixed media collage workshop that you can complete in your own home. 

Following Sofie's step-by-step instructions, 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! 

There will be an opportunity to share your completed artwork with all participants on Saturday 26 February via Zoom. A link to join and invitation to share your artworks will be sent to you the week of the event. Join the exhibition event afterwards to hear more about the project from the artist and guest speakers.

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

All materials and printed instructions are provided, just provide glue and scissors to complete your project.

Limited packs available. Request your free poetry and collage pack to be posted out to you via the workshop registration button above. Only available to residents of Victoria.

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 26 February


Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

979-985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin


Admission free