'Our Hopes for the Future of Morwell'


A photographic exhibition

This exhibition was developed by the Federation University-led Community Wellbeing research stream of the Hazelwood Health Study in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at Federation University Australia.

In 2017 the Community Wellbeing Stream began working with community organisations on a project to foster community recovery and wellbeing. What emerged from these discussions was the idea for a photographic exhibition, on the theme of ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’. We invited community groups and individuals to think of some object that symbolised their hopes for the future of Morwell. Participants were then invited to attend a photographic session kindly hosted by the Morwell Neighbourhood House. Each individual was to hold their object while it was photographed, as well as explain what it represented in terms of Morwell’s future.

Out of this process twenty eight photographs with their captions were produced, enlarged and framed for exhibiting. The resulting photographic images express the participants’ contributions to a positive conversation about the future for Morwell.

The photographs were taken by Clive Hutchison of the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at Federation University.

The exhibition opened at the Switchback Gallery in Churchill in November 2017. It was displayed in Queen’s Hall at the Victorian State Parliament in May 2018, at Mid Valley Shopping Centre in Morwell from October to December 2018, and then at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, from August to October 2019.

We’d like to acknowledge and thank the community members who took part in creating this exhibition, and whose visions, dreams and hopes are represented by these images. To download a copy of the catalogue, please click here.

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