Se Vang’s gift of beauty

Beauty in her hands: Se Vang shows one of her tapestries. Picture: Scott McNaughtonTHE traditions of Laos have followed artist Se Vang to Craigieburn.

Ms Vang, a Laotian refugee, moved to Craigieburn 23 years ago.

She is exhibiting her tapestries in a Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize Exhibition and is among nine Hume residents, and 42 refugees, who will have their artworks on display with the chance to share in $15,000 prizemoney.

Ms Vang says her tapestry, titled Where Hope Lies, took a lot of hard work to create.

She says she has been doing embroidery – a tradition in Laos – for more than 30 years.

Prize-winners will be announced and awarded at an exhibition tonight.

Heartlands is part of the Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Festival (June 1-31), showcasing the contribution of refugee communities to contemporary arts and culture.

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