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One week until #stillalive14 opens its doors to Sydney!

All are welcome to attend the exhibition Opening Night at 6pm on Tuesday 5 August. Guest speakers:

  • Julian Morrow (Australian public commentator, The Chaser, The Hamster Wheel, The Checkout, former host of RN Drive… the list goes on)
  • Shokufa Tahiri (Spokeswoman for the Hazara Afghan community)
  • Safdar Ahmed (Director, Refugee Art Project)
  • Thomas Wales (Aboriginal elder, former worker at Sherger detenion centre)

Many of the original artworks on display will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of original artwork will go to the artists. 

There will also be 7 #zines available for purchase:

  • No. 1: a comic book zine that came from months of sequential art classes in the Villawood detention centre. 
  • No. 2: a tribute to Ahmad Ali Jafari, who was a close friend of ours and a regular member of our art class. Ahmad passed away of a heart attack in the Villawood detention centre in late June 2013. 
  • No. 3: a striking collection of drawings by Mohammad. Mohammad is a Burmese refugee who has been held in the Villawood detention centre for over 4 years.
  • No. 4: a collection of stories, drawings and poems by Murtaza, a  very talented Hazara Afghan asylum seeker.
  • No. 5: a new collection of drawings, poems, and interviews with refugees in detention, including work by our youngest participant, an 11 year-old child who has been detained for over 2 years.
  • No. 6: a women’s issue, featuring the art and writing of refugee women from the Villawood detention centre and our art workshop in Parramatta.
  • No. 7: a young person’s issue, featuring wonderful comics and portraits made by children and young people of a refugee background in Western Sydney. This zine was made in partnership with Fairfield High School.

During the exhibition we will also be raising funds for our next project: a documentary about Thomas Wales. Thomas is an Aboriginal elder from far north Queensland who developed a kind and generous relationship with a group of Hazara Afghan asylum seekers in the Sherger detention centre. Find out more about this story.

Our official event hastag is #stillalive14, so you can keep up with the exhibition events wherever you are in the world.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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