I have immigrated to Australia eleven years ago, and since, have observed that many women migrants like me have been longing for their ‘home’. A series of workshops in 2019 creatively questioned what home means when you have lived away from your country of birth and often family, for so many years.

The creative process has been recorded and shown during the Women Festival in October 2020 with the support of VIRWC. 

The outcome of the workshops and the creative work that followed will be exhibited from August to December 2020 in Victoria (Aus) and in France.


Below are the testimony of each group involved in Longing for Home

Born in France, Sofie Dieu’s first encounter with art was through church. With a penchant for ritual and spirituality, the artist is best known for her fragile, sombre, and sometimes violent ink paintings and textile works.


Poetic and humanist, her practice draws on her journeys to China and Australia. She explores how identity and memory fluctuate according to their immediate environment. Landscapes, people, secrecy, healing, and the dichotomy between light and darkness are some of her recurring themes.


Multi-art prizes and award finalist, her work was included in the Sydney North Art Prize, Waterhouse Natural Science prize and the Contemporary Art Award amongst others. In 2016, she worked on the Camperdown Cemetery installation for Sydney Biennale. In 2017, her work will be shown during Vivid and Mental Health Month in Sydney.