Projects

Our art projects are focussed on empowering participants and collaborators and creating meaningful impact on the wider community.

Project Synopsis

We use art as a universal language to inspire positive social change. We see interaction as a cornerstone in this process, inviting people to experience the other. All of our art projects are focussed on empowering participants and collaborators and creating meaningful impact on the wider community.

Our artistic philosophy has four pillars that are embodied in our projects:

  • Evoke the human senses to inspire dialogue
  • Challenge society and its ways, including ourselves
  • Base all activities on intellectual substance
  • Art must begin from personal stories but always be conveyed in a universal narrative

We are currently working on several locally-based and international art projects.

Current Projects

Aal ProjectAal Project: The Aal Project focuses on empowering communities in Sri Lanka affected by war, violence and displacement through community based art projects that bring people together to inspire and nurture a more positive vision of the future. We are using art as a medium to bring people together and rebuild communities in a positive manner. > Read more  

 

 

 

Voiceless Journeys Book Project Voiceless Journeys Book Project: This project will share 101 portraits and stories of some of Melbourne's most inspirational people. Voiceless Journeys is an Ondru art project celebrating cultural diversity and raising awareness about the journey, struggle, survival and achievements of people from diverse backgrounds. > Read more 

  

 

 

Inside Out ProjectVoiceless Journeys: Voiceless Journeys is an art project that aims to celebrate the cultural diversity and raise awareness about the journey, struggle, survival and achievements of people from diverse backgrounds. The focus was on people who had left their countries as a result of internal problems or conflicts to make their life in Australia; people who positively shape our communities. Voiceless Journeys was an attempt to build a sense of community with greater understanding of each other.  > Read more

 

Shirtless Window Shirtless Window: Shirtless Window is a short film that expresses the emotions of giving life to art, embodying the conflict within the artist as well as between society and the artist. During the creative process, the artist is torn between the idea and the work he or she is creating. This often leads to questions such as 'Am I being true to my idea?' and 'Have I created what I wanted to express?' The artist often struggles between the intention and the physical artwork. > Read more

 

 

Kural 6. - Ondru Experimental Event SeriesKural 6. - Ondru Experimental Event Series 

Kural 6. is an Ondru experimental event series held at the Ondru Studio. The word Kural comes from the Tamil language and Kural 6. embodies the expression and consciousness of artistic voice through the five traditional senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch that evoke the sixth element of 'thought'. Kural 6. event series is an artistic collaboration between Ondru and invited or visiting artists who share our philosophy. > Read more                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Past Projects
 

The Mural Project: Passage

The Mural Project, Passage: Passage is a mural about the idea of freedom. It is an artistic expression of the challenges faced in the pursuit of freedom, especially when living a life of uncertainty. The mural was inspired by stories, feelings and thoughts expressed by asylum seekers at the Sanctuary residence of Baptcare, Brunswick, Melbourne. > Read more

 

 

Moments through glass (Melbourne Fringe)

Moments through glass: As part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012, Ondru presents Moments through glass - an experimental physical theatre / dance performance. Composed of fleeting exchanges and a yearning for deeper human connection, Moments through glass examines the fragile and ephemeral nature of human relationships within our present society. Using elements of dance, physical theatre and music, the performance explores our dependence on the emotional attachments that mark our lives. > Read more


An Unfamiliar FaceAn Unfamiliar Face:  Following on from On my way to asylum, Ondru presented an experimental solo dance performance - that explores the evolvement of one's identity in a new land. > Read more

  

 

 

 

On my way to asylum On my way to asylum:  The journey of asylum and its consequences for one’s identity are often spoken of silence and written on water. Ondru presents an intimate interpretation of the poem On my way to asylum, a personal journey brought to life through dance, music, poetry, vocals and sculpture. > Read more


 

 

Painting by John Bartlett - Variation on a Theme on Sacred Places 4 (original in colour).