77 days before opening night [Calling for Rain]

I received recently a series of inquiries about my project Calling for Rain.

This post explains what this project is about and where I am at 77 days away from the opening of the exhibition.

So, what is it?

Following the recent drought and risks of summer fires, Calling for Rain is an art and cathartic project that support the East Gippsland community while it faces high environmental anxiety.

Last August, I ran a series of workshops in the Tambo Valley and it was an eye opener: the weather conditions were weighting on everyone.

By going directly inside the communities and being geographically accessible, this project is inclusive of all ages and background. Artists, creative minds and people of all abilities will gather at the end of February and beginning of March 2018.

Children from Swifts Creek P-12 school will also participate and the result of all these collaborations will be exhibited in March 2018 at the East Gippsland Art Gallery, in Bairnsdale, and in May 2018 at the Great Alpine Gallery, in Swifts Creek.

A lot has happened these last couple of months since I started this project. Here are a few highlights:

On 11 November 2017, I gave my first INTERVIEW on the radio. It was nerve wracking but I made it! Barry White has invited me to speak again soon on ABC Gippsland about the development of Calling for Rain, which is very exciting... so stay tuned!

I received great support from Tim Dakin who sent a well needed shout out in Regional Arts Victoria newsletter. If you too wish to help, it's easy, talk about my project to your community, or simply share this post, it only takes one click and a supportive comment!

You might have also read Gippsland Anglican newspaper's article that was published a few weeks ago? There will be more articles to come as Gippslandia and Gippsland Country life magazine will too publish articles in the coming weeks!

The last news (I keep the best for the end, so hang on to your socks) is that East Gippsland Shire supports this project and Andrea Court announced just before Christmas that Calling for Rain was the recipient of the Shire Community Quick response Grant program. How amazing is that!

If you have any question about the project or would like to know how you could be involved, please contact me. If you have any suggestions on how to get the word about my project out there, please let me know! I would love to hear from you.

Until next time, happy new year to all!


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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.