Category: artists for refugees

Thanks to all those involved in the Solidarity Concert!

Last Friday night’s Welcome Refugees Solidarity Concert was on the whole a great success as the audience at the sold out event was treated to a diverse and seemingly never-ending show of solidarity from local artists of both refugee and…

‘Uncertain Journeys’ Art Exhibition

Artist Euan Graham’s exhibition, “Uncertain Journeys”, is currently on display at the Belconnen Arts Centre. “The forced migration of people is the defining aspect of the times and the “illegal” journey to Australia by boat is now part of our…

Improv without borders

In an exciting development, the international Improvisation theatre community, in support of refugees, is holding a global theatre event – Improv Without Borders and the Refugee Action Committee in Canberra is supporting the event being held by Impro ACT this…

Asylum Seeker Art Exhibition at ACC&C – 20 Febuary to 4 March

“Home: between here and there” is an exhibition showcasing eight artists seeking asylum in Australia. The works on display are the outcome of a 10-week skills development workshop program organised by Settlement Services International’s Arts & Culture Program. The narratives…

The story behind the heartbreaking photo of refugee family shared by thousands

Kate Aubusson, The Age, 20 August 2015 https://refugeeaction.org/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=2356&type=image&TB_iframe=1 [The sort of image that the Australian Government would rather we not see] It’s an image that sublimely captures the moment desperation gave way to joy for a refugee family who found sanctuary…

Call me illegal: The semantic struggle over seeking asylum in Australia

Ben Doherty, Thomson Reuters Fellow Trinity Term 2015 Abstract Since the arrival of the first post-colonial ‘boatpeople’ on Australian shores in 1976, the language used by governments and media to discuss those who arrive ‘irregularly’ by sea has changed dramatically.…

Australia’s dark secret is killing our soul says Tim Winton

This speech is well worth the effort of reading in full at http://m.theage.com.au/comment/tim-wintons-palm-sunday-plea-start-the-soulsearching-australia-20150329-1ma5so.touch.html Significant extracts: We hide this dirty secret at a terrible cost to ourselves as individuals and as a community. What secret are we hiding? Well, it’s awkward, and…

Turnback: winner of best film at 2015 lights Canberra

Turnback A short film which portrays an Australian prime minister having an out-of-body experience as an asylum seeker won best film at the 2015 Lights! Canberra! Action! festival. Filmmaker Hew Sandison told Guardian Australia he saw film as a way…