Our generosity and capacity to share is the essence of our Australianess – we have invited and welcomed so many to our shores! But we have yet to overcome our xenophobia of those who arrive uninvited to find safety and freedom on this land. Our reception of those who now come uninvited, who knock directly at our door, following others who made similar journeys throughout our history, will be the expression of our humanity.
Eugenia Tsoulis has a background in the arts and multiculturalism, and has worked on nationally significant projects for the last 30 years. These include as Director, ‘Arts for a Multicultural Australia Bicentennial Project’ and the first National Multicultural Arts Conference – Towards Cultural Democracy; artist in residence in community arts projects culminating in national touring exhibitions; founding member of the first Australian Multicultural Arts Centre, now NEXUS and its chairperson for 10 years; and member of the Inaugural Multicultural Advisory Committee to the Australia Council for the Arts. She is represented in the South Australian and National Galleries, Beijing Museum of Art and other regional and private collections. In 1994 she was awarded the Order of Australia OAM, for services to multiculturalism and the arts.
She is the author of numerous published articles on art and multiculturalism and of the novel, ‘Between the ceiling and the sky’, Harper Collins, Flamingo 1998. She writes poetry and short stories, the most recent was published in 2008 as part of the Anthology, Mothers from the Edge, edited by Helen Nikas.
Over the past three decades her worked has focused on communities of refugee background settling in Australia.