Art plays a significant role in creating dialogue of substance. Tapping into this notion, the Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) is set to launch its latest exhibition titled Destinations, which will highlight and discuss the various effects of globalisation.

Opening tonight at Steps Gallery in Melbourne, artists exhibiting their work are either local, regional or from interstate, and hail from a number of countries including Greece, Spain, Russia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and Ireland, which only emphasises the theme.

“Through this event the GACL hopes to foster cross cultural awareness and community unity by building intercultural relationships through art, to explore and better understand our common humanity,” says Vasy Petros, a member of the GACL’s Art Projects and Exhibitions Coordinating Committee.

“With the many globalisation issues we are currently facing, this event has the capacity to shape and deliver interchange. Art is the universal language and as we are becoming a ‘world community’, the wonder of differences in our art and culture must be celebrated.”

The mediums that will be on display are just as varied as the artists, including everything from painting and collage, to photography, various mixed media, 3D installations, as well as sculpture.

Officially launching the event will be special guest speaker, Esther Anatolitis who is the Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts.

The exhibition will run as part of a broader program at Steps Gallery.

On Saturday 20 October from 2.30-4.30 pm GACL and OWL Publishing will host an afternoon of readings and discussion by Greek Australian poets and translators, including Dimitris Troaditis, Erma Vassiliou, and Dean Kalymniou amongst others.

The event will be a chance to stimulate discussion about the role of poetry in society.

‘Destinations’ will open at Steps Gallery (62 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC) on Tuesday 16 October at 6.30 pm. The exhibition will be open to the public until 20 October.