Launch Event

This year, Link Housing’s annual ‘No Place Like Home’ exhibition has adapted to the current environment of social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and taken its series of opening nights and physical exhibitions – online.

We were delighted to have close to 100 guests register to join Link Housing’s CEO, Andrew McAnulty, special guests, and some of the exhibiting artists for the virtual launch event via Zoom on September 1, 2020. Guests were able to:

  • Take a virtual walk through the exhibition
  • Hear about the artists and their artworks
  • Learn more about the issue of homelessness and why we all need a safe, secure and affordable place to call home.

This event has ended, watch the recording below​

Register on Facebook or Eventbrite for our free Zoom virtual launch event:

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Time: 11:00 AEST

Location: Online via zoom.

Couldn’t make the launch event?

Watch the recording of the event here.

Special Guests

Yvonne Weldon

Chairperson, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Yvonne Weldon is the current Chairperson of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. She is a proud Wiradjuri woman and maintains strong ties to her homelands of Cowra and the Riverina areas in New South Wales.

Yvonne has worked in senior positions in Aboriginal policy development, health, human services, childcare services, child protection, housing, disability and Aboriginal heritage.

She has a passion for health, Aboriginal rights, children’s rights, education, research and evaluation. Yvonne has recently been awarded a Cultural Diversity Scholarship from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Yvonne Weldon will deliver the Welcome to Country at the ‘No Place Like Home’ 2020 launch event starting at 11am.

Penny Pedersen

City of Ryde

Elected in September 2017, Clr Pedersen is a radio presenter, performer and producer who has worked in film, television, theatre and education. She has been on the board of directors at The Griffin Theatre Company and Northside Radio. She is passionate about her local community, the environment, social inclusion, women’s issues and the arts. As a member of the City of Ryde Council, she is aware of the challenges facing Ryde with increased high density living and the strain this is placing on our local infrastructure and services.

Since 2017 Clr Pedersen has chaired the social inclusion advisory committee; Works and Community Committee; the Status of Women Advisory Committee; the Bushland and Environment and the Renewable Energy Advisory Committees. She was also a member of the Festivals and Events Advisory Committee and a delegate to the Ryde Youth Council. She represents Ryde as a delegate to the Northern Sydney region of Councils and the Parramatta River Catchment Group where she has been vice chair since 2017.

Clr Pedersen has been a patron of the ‘No Place Like Home’ art exhibition for two years now and has been a tremendous support to the organising team and participants. She is passionate about community housing and the need for more safe and affordable housing. We are grateful to have Clr Pedersen join our panel discussion at this year’s launch event.

Bibi Barba

Renowned Aboriginal artist

Bibi Barba was born in Roma, Queensland, and raised in Liverpool, Sydney, Australia. Inspired by her Grandmother’s storytelling and her love of the land, Bibi’s artwork has a sense of vivid storytelling, melding traditional indigenous design with contemporary style and innovative colour combinations.

Bibi started with $1.50 watercolour tubes, painting symbolic stories onto paper in rich pinks and greens and yellows – but her paintings stayed hidden until a friend discovered them and took a few of the small paintings to a gallery owner. He was so impressed by Bibi’s that he invited her to exhibit her work in his gallery.

Her first solo exhibition, comprising of 25 watercolours, sold out. Since then Bibi has continued to develop her technique, telling stories about her life and love of her land through sensuous shapes and vibrant colour on canvas.

Bibi joined the ‘No Place Like Home’ art exhibition as a patron this year, having previously collaborated with Link Housing on the development of its Reconciliation Action Plan. We are pleased to have her join a panel discussion at the launch event, where she will share her reflections on what a home means to her and the artworks in this year’s exhibition.