Art for Timor – Photographic Exhibition 2022

 2022 Theme ‘UMA- Home’

Exhibition dates: 2-28 August 2022 Rachinger Gallery

‘Art for Timor’ exhibition highlights the connections between the people of Geelong and our friends in Timor-Leste. This year we have chosen the theme of Home or Uma in Tetun. Participants submit a photographic image that captures the importance of ‘Uma-Home’ along with an accompanying paragraph relating their photograph to the theme.

Photographic Submissions due: 2 July

Photographs will be accepted from 26 April 2022. Photographs can be emailed or hand delivered to the gallery.

Photographs submitted for the exhibition require a form containing contact details, an artist statement and signed copyright permission.

The form below can be downloaded then printed and emailed, along with your photograph to our exhibition email address:

Registration form PDF

About the Rachinger Gallery

Rachinger Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space located in Eastern Hub Community Centre in McKillop Street East Geelong. Available for exhibitions by artists, arts groups, schools and cultural organisations, the Gallery complements Eastern Hub’s Art Studio and art classes while showcasing the depth and diversity of the visual arts in Geelong.

The Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and 9am-2pm Saturday.


Event Archives

‘Art for Timor’ Art Show

November, 2020

The Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools (GVFS) presents the inaugural ‘Art for Timor’ Art show. ‘Art for Timor’ celebrates the unique connection the Geelong community holds with the district of Viqueque in Timor-Leste. 

Artworks and artefacts showcase this year’s theme ‘The Life and Land of Timor-Leste’.  Exhibiting in and viewing ‘Art for Timor’ is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about the culture of one of our nearest neighbours to whom we owe a great debt of honour. 

Geelong community members with connections to Timor-Leste, have unleashed their creativity to share their unique insights about life in Timor-Leste. It is great to be able to share these stories with the greater Geelong community.  GVFS hope that ‘Art for Timor’ will inspire community members to reflect upon their role as a global citizen.

This year, we have artworks in three of our five artists categories. ‘Art for Timor’ Artist Categories include: Junior Prinary (grades prep-3), Senior Primary (grades 4-6), Junior Secondary (yrs 7-9), Senior Secondary (yrs 9-12) and Timor Connected Community (ages 18+). The Judges Choice Award will be presented to the winning works in each artist category. Each artwork will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. A) Interpretation of the Theme
  2. B) Originality
  3. C) Technical Skill (in relation to artist’s style type, skill level and or art medium)

GVFS wish all our artist entrants the best of luck. A special thanks goes to our student artists. These students have gone to extraordinary lengths to create their works despite facing many learning disruptions over the course of this year. 


Art for Timor- Art Show Notice of Intention

December, 2019

The Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools committee are thrilled to announce an exciting new event starting in 2020. ‘Art for Timor’ will be a multi-media art show hosted by the Rachinger Gallery at the Eastern Hub between November 2nd and November 28th. This exciting new initiative will provide our dedicated Geelong Partner Schools community the opportunity to both connect with one another and share their Timor journeys with the Greater Geelong community. Our hope is that through community awareness and engagement, the Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools community will be able to further unite and grow.

In term 1 of 2020, partner school students and Geelong community members with a Timor-Leste connection will be invited to register their interest in participating . Further details outlining the event structure and registration process will also be advertised at this time. Thank you in advance for your support.

About the Rachinger Gallery

Rachinger Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space located in Eastern Hub Community Centre in McKillop Street East Geelong. Available for exhibitions by artists, arts groups, schools and cultural organisations, the Gallery complements Eastern Hub’s Art Studio and art classes while showcasing the depth and diversity of the visual arts in Geelong.

The Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and 9am-2pm Saturday.

2019 Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools Dinner

November 7th, 2019

You are invited to the 2019 Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools Annual Dinner. Join us to celebrate the wonderful work of our community members and partner schools. This year we warmly welcome guest speaker Professor Glenn Guest who will be speaking about his experiences in Timor-leste. The evening also provides attendees the opportunity to connect and learn about other individuals and organisations working together in support of our friends in Timor-Leste. All welcome!

When: Thursday 7 November. Arrive at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm sit down and a 9:00pm finish.

Where: Davidson Restaurant, 2 Fenwick St Geelong, 3220.

Cost: $50 per head entrees and 2 course sit down dinner, drinks at bar prices.

Bookings through Try Booking

Special dietary requirements on request through booking portal Or contact David Whelan directly:

 *  Guest speaker  Professor Glenn Guest  * 

-Professor of Surgery Deakin University Epworth Geelong Hospital

-Director of ATLASS (Australia Timor Leste Assistance Specialist Services) Program

-Supervisor of Training for the South West Victorian Regional Hub for Surgical Training

Professor Guest has had a long involvement with Timor-Leste dating back to 2001 when he lived and worked in Dili as Australia’s Surgeon to East Timor. At the dinner, he will share some of his experiences working in Timor-Leste and his ongoing commitment to Timor-Leste.

A Day in the Life of Timor-Leste

August 2019

Screening of ‘Alias Ruby Blade’

May 2019

A very successful film fundraiser was held at Clonard College on 20 May, Timor-Leste’s Restoration of Independence Day.

A great turnout of interested people viewed this inspiring and powerful documentary film.  It chronicles the remarkable story of Kirsty Sword, a human rights activist who becomes passionately involved in the plight of the East Timorese and their struggle for freedom.  It shares her story of working side by side with charismatic freedom fighter Xanana Gusmão and their growingrelationship.  After years of struggle, turmoil and hardship, Timor-Leste eventually gains independence in 2002 with Xanana its first President and Kirsty the First Lady of Timor-Leste.  It is the story of courageous individuals overcoming obstacles to change the course of history and establish the new nation of Timor-Leste.

Thanks to those who partnered to organise this event: Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools, Geelong Friends of Viqueque, Clonard College and Alola Australia.  Special thanks to Clonard College staff Carmel Brown, Clare Meredith, Michael McCallum and Tom Herriott, and also to projectionist Maggie and the other Clonard students who prepared and served supper.  Money from ticket sales, a raffle, donations and the sale of Alola craft resulted in $1,000 raised for the Alola Foundation, an organisation founded by Kirsty Sword Gusmão in 2001.  Proceeds will go to Alola’s work with women and children in the areas of maternal and child health, economic empowerment, advocacy and education in Timor-Leste.

Anne Fairbairn, Rosemary Nugent and Wendy Mayne


10 Year Celebration

June 2018

There was a meeting of old and new friends at the GVFS 10 year celebration dinner held recently at The Davidson Restaurant. The connection between Geelong and East Timor has resulted in many partnerships and ongoing friendships, and we are incredibly proud of the work being taken up by the schools of Geelong. Education is the key to the future for this young country and having friends willing to help the people of East Timor re establish their education system is both vital and a privilege. Laura Blanchard from Mary McKillop International was the key note speaker. Laura took us through the programs being delivered with funding from GVFS in the Viqueque region.

At the dinner we acknowledged the Butler family for their generous contribution that allowed for the establishment of libraries and the upskilling of staff in such a remote region. It was wonderful that Gael was able to attend the dinner.

A photographic exhibition added some colour to the evening on the theme ‘East Timor, Beautiful Land to the North’. With guests having the opportunity to purchase the framed prints at the end of the evening. Graeme Barton, from Christian College was also able to give a first hand account of their 2018 teacher training program that’s going from strength to strength. It has been inspiring to see what Christian College have achieved over the years.


Movie – Time to Draw the Line

July 31, 2017

Want to know more about the long-running maritime boundary dispute between East Timor and Australia? Come along to a movie night held by Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools.

The  screening of ‘Time to Draw the Line’  will be on  31 July at 8:30pm at the Pivotonian Cinema, Geelong.

 Tickets are available by clicking here.



Deakin – GVFS Youth Tour to Timor-Leste

July 7, 2015

Deakin University’s Faculty of Health in collaboration with Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools are investigating the feasibility of coordinating an inaugural Student Youth Tour visit to Timor for a two week period at the end of the 2015 and or 2016 Yr 12 school years.

The visit will aim to provide students with a range of volunteering experiences and action tasks across a range of Government and Community organizations and districts in Timor-Leste. This would include visits to and participation in projects being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Viqueque Friendship Schools and Many Hands International.

As an inaugural pilot program there will be a limited number of student places available for this tour. Applicants will be selected on the quality of their applications as well as the selection criteria to include an appropriate quota of exit year 12 students from a range of participating Friendship Schools across the Geelong area.

An information session for interested Year 11 and 12 students and parents to further discuss details of the Timor Student Youth Tour has now been scheduled. Information session speakers will include Professor John Toumbourou (Deakin University), Mr Peter Cannon (President Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools) as well as Mr Afonso Soares and Mr Simao Do Rosario representatives from the Ministry of Education, Timor Leste.

Timor Youth Tour Information session:

Venue: Western Beach Room Room, Sally Walker Building

Entrance from Western Beach Rd or Cunningham St, take lift to 6th level (Rm AD6.104)

Campus: Deakin Waterfront Geelong (See Campus Map Below)

Date: Tuesday 7 July

Time: 6 to 8pm

RSVP: Mr Chris Loughnan email:


Timor-Leste Student Day


Our fifth annual Day in Viqueque was very well successful with 125 students and 15 teachers from 11 Geelong schools attending. With sessions relevant to students from primary years to senior secondary the aim was to increase student knowledge of Timor-Leste and the lives of students living and learning in Viqueque.

There were also presentations from With One Seed a social enterprise that is taking action on climate change through community forestry in East Timor and from Special Guest Chris Van Ignen whose talk on addressing the problems of Global Poverty was once again the highlight of the day.


East Timor Student Day


This event will be held at St Joseph’s College in May. Schools interested in attending please contact Peter Cannon. Program will be similar to previous years. Please refer to Newsletter No 25, 2013 on web page.SAM_0888


Annual Dinner

March 2014

Our Annual Dinner has been scheduled for Friday March 28 at Dromoland House, Pakington Street Geelong West. The guest speaker will be Rae Kingsbury, the Counsul-General for Timor-Leste. Keep the date free – more details to follow.


 East Timor Student Day

May 2013

This annual event will again be held at St Joseph’s College on May 2. All Geelong partner schools have been sent invitations. There are still places available please contact Peter Cannon on 0352615378  if your students would like to attend.

Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools is holding its fourth annual A Day in Viqueque, Timor-Leste on May 2  at St Joseph’s College, Newtown.  It is a full day of workshops and activities. that  provide a rewarding and enriching experience for students across all year levels.

 There is a limit of 15 students per school to accomodate the students from the 14 schools in our network. All students will participate in the opening and closing sessions. Students will participate in four workshops as detailed.  Every attempt will be made to give the students the workshops of their choice.  Workshops are designed for Year Groupings of 5-9 and 10-12.


Timor-Leste’s Restoration of Independence Day

May 2013

Timor-Leste’s Restoration of Independence day is officially on Monday 20 May 2013. However, in keeping with tradition we will be celebrating independence day on the Friday (17 May) in the Council Chambers with the flag raising ceremony in the usual location. Stay tuned for further information.

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