Ode to Hand-Me-Down Clothes

“To the man who owned size 7&1/2 hush puppies,
I have walked a mile in your shoes and still feel confused about you… and me, I guess.”

Ode to Hand-Me-Down Clothes is a celebration of the clothes that stumbled into your life through other people. Curated by The Penny Mint, this exhibition will showcase the stories behind the hand-me-downs in our lives; you’ll find poetry, open letters, fiction and ramblings alongside the clothes themselves.

Whether it’s that scarf you stole from your mum, that awesome Savers find or the clothes your cousin always passed down: our belongings have so many stories, and now’s your chance to explore them.

The Joel Gallery is open 10am-5pm daily. Entry is free, or join us on Monday, September 2nd for our launch event featuring local talent.

♥ The Penny Mint Team

WHAT?
Gallery exhibition

WHERE?
The Joel Gallery
Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre
5 Sargood Street, Altona

This is an accessible event

WHEN?
Monday September 2nd–Thursday September 5th
10am-5pm

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On Saturday August 10th we’ll be at the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, Altona to collect your submissions. Need time (and the will against procrastination) to write? We have you covered! We’ll also be running a writing bee from 11am-5pm, so bring your item of clothing along to create your piece and drop them both off in the same day!


The Penny Mint acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre stands; the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation. The Penny Mint also acknowledges and pays respect to the Elders of the lands on which our work reaches. It always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.


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Artwork by Jacqueline Pearce