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Memory Keepers recall the past

October 1, 2015 @ 10:00 am - October 29, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


Memory Keepers Recall The Past, is an intergenerational multicultural family history exhibition featuring very personal stories of migration by and about those who came to Australia by ship. The research, exhibition and documentation for this family history feature is the result of a creative collaboration between Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL).

In order to foster unique non-stereotypical creative expression, and to generate links between interested participants (Memory Keepers) who had never before created work for public viewing in a gallery, and Nillumbik’s thriving established creative community, curator Lella Cariddi presented a community consultation session in the library, after which she worked directly with individual Memory Keepers in their own home or work-place, interviewing them and using her skills as curator and storyteller to bring their compelling stories to life. The stories present an inspiring exhibition alongside distinctive heritage objects, artefacts, photographs and artworks which profile the cultural heritage and migration story of local people who disembarked at Port Melbourne through the historical Station Pier and Princes Pier, up to 1976.

The 12 Memory Keepers are: Mimi Barri; Tulio Barri; Sabi Buehler; Doris Catania; Teresa Lapadula; Giuseppe Lapadula; Vita Macchion; Giulio Macchion; Vivien Mellino; Helen Said; Diulio Stocchero; Grazia Stocchero.

“Nillumbik does not have the wide ethnic and cultural diversity which characterises some other Shires in Victoria, so an exhibition highlighting the skills, experiences and ideas from people born oversea can only enrich our community by giving its residents access to the cultural heritage from other lands.” – collaborating artist / writer and founding president of Nillumbik U3A Sabi Buehler.

The exhibition in the Diamond Valley Library is the first iteration of the 2015-2016 What Happened at the Pier #2 statewide project, and in order to encourage local supportive synergies, both the YPRL and MAV aim to engage in dialogue with the wider Nillumbik community by hosting a free reading and storytelling event around the exhibition in the library, on Thursday 29 October 2015, 2-4pm.

A catalogue publication, featuring stories and full colour photographs will be a lasting testament to the family histories as presented by Memory Keepers within the Yarra Plenty Regional Library network.

Image (L-R): courtesy Sabi Buehler; courtesy Grazia Stocchero.


October 1, 2015 @ 10:00 am
October 29, 2015 @ 5:00 pm