New Public Artwork in Sunbury

hume mural program tulsa drive reserve goonawarra sunbury helen fraser

It is with great excitement that I announce the installation of my mural at Tulsa Drive Reserve, Goonawarra in Sunbury, Victoria.  Part of the Hume City Council 2022-23 Mural Program, this public artwork is located in the thriving community hub in Goonawarra.  It is next to a sports field and playground, at the back of the local primary school and close to the neighbourhood house, community hall, child care centre, day hospital, medical centre, dentist, chiropractor and other services and shops.  When I first visited this site I was inspired by the sense of connection and community cohesion along with the intense bird song overhead.  

artists in the hume exceloo project tulsa drive reserve december 23

Here's a pic with other Hume artists in the project: Maggie Maclean, Bree Morrison, Lisa Buckland (John Patten was unable to attend).  Funded by Hume City Council, this public artwork is the first of five to roll out in the Hume area. 

design for tulsa drive reserve public artwork

Thank you to the team at Hume City Council including Anna Clabburn, Gavin Menzies and Helen Santinis. Also, thanks to Winslow Infrastructure for the invitation to attend their free Community Day at Tulsa Drive Reserve, Goonawarra to thank locals for their patience with the local roadworks.  It was a fun and generous event.  I enjoyed meeting local families while handing out free postcards of my two artworks on the mural.  Just drop me a line if you would like me to send you some.


Sydney Yumi Olgeta: Crafting a More Inclusive Democracy Workshop

Counsellor Emelda Davis Helen Fraser Green Square Library, ZetlandArtist Helen Fraser and Councilor Emelda Davis with her gift from Vanuatu of a tradition woven mat.

It was a great pleasure to run the third Yumi Olgeta: Crafting a More Inclusive Democracy workshop at Green Square Library, Zetland in Sydney on Saturday 19th August, 2023.  As part of the weeklong recognition week in the lead up to Australian South Sea Islander Recognition Day on August 25th, the workshop focused on the history of blackbirding; the kidnapping, coercion and trading of pacific islanders to work in the NSW whaling and pastoral industries.  Scottish entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd was the first to bring 65 men to NSW to his enterprises in Eden NSW during 1847.  Participants were provided with nine new motifs created in response to this history and our second quilt project - a quilt for the City of Sydney about the NSW history - was launched.  We aim to complete this second quilt by 2025-26.

quilt one yumi olgeta collaboration sydney 2023

My collaborator Councilor Emelda Davis attended with her daughter Binette Diop and they spoke candidly about this history and its impact of their families and descendants today.  They also spoke about the Seasonal Workers Scheme and the importance of ensuring the rights of workers are protected.  They bought along three traditional weavings in addition to one above, which we commissioned in 2020.  They are created by the Napen Napen Custom Women of Port Vila, Vanuatu.  We were able to lay out the the weavings on top of the front of our first quilt which gave a sense of how the finished quilt will look.  It was inspiring to see what we have all been working to achieve over the last four years.  This first quilt will be donated to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra in August 2024.

 Yumi Olgeta workshop sydney august 2023 green square library
Special thanks to the City of Sydney for providing such a stunning venue and for funding the event.  We would love you to join our second quilt project.  

Click here to download Embroidery and Applique Motifs and Factsheet.



 Panel discussion hosted by The Art Hunter at Fortyfive Downstairs Gallery

marco luccio exhibition panel discussion health art happiness forty five downstairs gallery Sat April 22 2023

As part of Marco Luccio's current exhibition Cuorosensa: A Reverse Archaeology at Fortyfive Downstairs Gallery in Flinders Lane Melbourne I was part of panel discussing the positive impact of art on our lives.

panel discussion fortyfive downstairs marco luccio april 2023

The event was hosted by the incredible David Hunt, otherwise known as The Art Hunter.  Panelists included Marco Luccio - Artist, Guy Grossi - Chef, Neil Stonnel - Architect, Dr Ian Summers - Emergency Physician and Helen Fraser - Artist, Psychologist and Psychotherapist.

speaking engagement fortyfive downstairs marco luccio exhibition panel discussion

It was a pleasure to talk about how art has transformed and healed me and give examples to inspire the audience to start or keep creating.  

panel discussion marco luccio exhibition fortyfive downstairs guy grossi the art hunter

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Photo credit Robert Wagner Photography


Interview on Joy 94.9FM Sunday Arts Magazine


It was such a joy to be interviewed by David Hunt (The Art Hunter) and Eve Gilbert on the Sunday Arts Magazine.  They were very warm presenters and put me at ease quickly.  We discussed why I became an artist, the first signs this was what I was destined to do, the relationship between my role and artist and psychologist, the Under One Sky show and the role of art in healing.  They also promoted my Artist Talk on 3rd June held at the Town Hall Broadmeadows Gallery.  I recommend following their Sunday program at

Australian South Sea Islander Commemorative Quilt No 1

ASSI Commemorative Quilt

We are still accepting embroidered and appliqued motifs for the Commemorative Quilt that will be donated to the Museum of Australian Democracy in 2023.  They can be posted to Helen Fraser Artist, P O Box 36, Gisborne  3437. Thank you to all participants in the first project by the Yumi Olgeta: Crafting a More Inclusive Democracy collaboration. 

 We are currently working to finalise the first collaboration with Australian South Sea Islanders Port Jackson.  It will include three traditional weavings by the Napen Napen Cultural Women of Port Vila, Vanuatu, 40 embroidered conch shells for the border and at least 63 motifs for the centrepiece.  This is the first quilt project in the world to focus on Australia's Slave Trade history of blackbirding. 

It has been a great honour to work closely with Waskam Emelda Davis and the Board of the Australian South Sea Islanders, Port Jackson in Sydney as well as the creative team of the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra.  Special thanks to the City of Sydney for their ongoing support of our collaboration and first project. 

Instagram Page Hacked!

On 20th January 2022 my Instagram page @helenfraserartist was hacked.  Unfortunately I have not been able to get it pulled down and it remains as @helenfraserartist_.  If you are following this account I recommend reporting the hackers to Instagram and unfollowing the page.

I also recommend putting two-factor authentication on all of your social media accounts as added protection. I am already aware of two followers who have also been hacked from my old account, so please be wary.  I regret any inconvenience caused to those impacted by this experience.  My new Instagram account is @helenfraser_artist.