‘No Place Like Home’ for social housing resident Dorina

April 30, 2020

Do you love art or being creative?

Meet Dorina Petre, Link Housing social housing resident and expert artist who volunteers her artistic skills by running art classes for Link Housing residents in North Ryde.

Although her art classes are on hold for now due to COVID-19, Dorina and her students have already completed and entered artworks into this year’s Link Housing No Place Like Home art exhibition.

News Alert!

‘No Place Like Home’ 2020 is moving online!

Applications this year’s art exhibition have closed. For the safety of our community this year’s exhibition will be an online gallery showcased on our website.

‘No Place Like Home’ 2020 will be launched with a Zoom virtual event on Tuesday September 1, 2020 at 11am. Click ‘Reserve a Spot’ in our Facebook event to receive the link to join the Zoom launch.

Want more information? Call us on 9412 5111 or email: enquiries@linkhousing.org.au 

Highlighting the importance of safe, secure and affordable housing, No Place Like Home is now in its 5th year, and attracts submissions from residents, community members and artists of all skill levels.

This year’s art exhibition is moving online for the safety of our community. The exhibition is free to enter and open to the public. Submissions are required to reflect the theme: No Place Like Home.

See how to submit your artwork for our online gallery by 5PM Friday 26 June 2020. If you have any questions, call our Community Programs team on 9412 5111 or email enquiries@linkhousing.org.au.

Continue reading about Dorina below.

Dorina and Phyllis in her art class

After growing up in Transylvania, Romania, Dorina arrived to Australia
in 1992 for a holiday to visit family and was encouraged to make a new life across the world. To settle into her new life, Dorina began to learn English and continued her love for painting portraits and landscapes with watercolours.

Dorina is a strong believer that art is good for people, giving them the confidence to express their talents.

She runs her Link Housing art classes in a fun and relaxing environment, and each week has seen student numbers grow, noticing how the classes create new friendships at her housing complex.

“I enjoy running these art classes as it helps the wellbeing of those attending and gives them an opportunity to connect with others. Not everyone is comfortable with making the first step in forming social interactions. As an artist, I get a great deal of joy from these classes, as they are a way for me to express myself through art in the local community.”


Dorina is a member of the Lane Cove Art Society and also volunteers her art skills with a local organisation in Ryde.

An inspiration to her students, Link Housing staff and all who know her – Dorina was also recently featured in the Northern District Times. Read the article here: ‘Art therapy reduces anxiety during uncertain times‘.