Emerging Cultural Leaders 2016

Soma Garner

Soma Garner is currently studying her Masters of Cultural Materials and is an artist, set and costume designer based in Melbourne. She studied painting at the National Art School and completed her Masters of Fine Arts by Research in 2009. Her paintings have been selected and exhibited in the Brett Whitetley Travelling Scholarship; International MCQ Art Prize; Waverley Art Prize; Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Art Prize and auctioned c/o Sotheby’s. She has been an artist in residence at Hill End; Bathurst; ARTSPACE, Sydney; Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon Property and 18th Arts Street Complex in Santa Monica, Los Angeles (2010). This year she produced a series of paintings for Being Dead Don Quixote that were exhibited at PICA as part of Perth Fringe Festival as well as continuing her interdisciplinary art practice.

In 2013 she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement at VCA where she researched participatory engagement protocols, ethical frameworks and guidelines concerning patient and family consent. In 2016 she continued to follow her passion and ongoing research into Memory Shelter through completing a module in Arts and Dementia Care through the University of Tasmania.

As a FCAC Emerging Cultural Leader  Soma would like to create a Memory Shelter for the elderly, and those in palliative care. She wants to create this shelter specifically for the multicultural members in the community with Alzheimers and Die, to be able to die in with dignity and peace.


‘I want to create a Memory Shelter for the Elderly with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the multicultural community, to be able to die in with dignity and peace. I am interested in providing a space for the family and carers to interact with their loved ones in a creative space that strengthens communication and cognitive memory.’ 

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