‘Greater Dandenong. My Place. My Community’ was an art project that aimed to capture and celebrate community pride and connection to the City of Greater Dandenong, through a creative youth lens.
The project encouraged young people to explore what they love about their community, what is special about their community, and what connects them to their community.
The project comprised three parts:
1. Youth Art Competition
Local artists aged 12-25 years were encouraged to submit an original artwork - either a painting, drawing or digital illustration, to convey their personal connection to the Greater Dandenong community.
12-15 Age Category Winners
- 1st place – Our Stories by Tazmeen Khan
- 2nd place – Dandenong by Zahra Abbas
16-19 Age Category Winners
- 1st place – Greater Diversity by Lea Tabbara
- 2nd place – Unity by Ziagul Hassani
20-25 Age Category Winners
- 1st place – Beauty in the Beauty by Hanif Hanif
- 2nd place – Getting Donuts by Nicole Koltai
2. Art Exhibition
The 'Greater Dandenong. My Place. My Community' virtual exhibition was the culmination of the art competition.
3. Co-Designed Public Art Mural
Renowned public artists, Mike Makatron, Karena Bravo, Bryan Itch and Sebastian Fransz, were appointed to create a public art mural outside the Youth and Family Services office at 39 Clow Street in Dandenong.
Completed in 2022, the imagery used in the mural was inspired by art competition entries, coupled with the feedback of young people who participated in a series of art workshops. These themes explored young people’s connection to the community, highlighting Greater Dandenong as a place of diversity, social connection, food, sport and nature.
The artists have captured these themes to create this colourful mural reflecting the vibrant and rich community that is, Greater Dandenong.