Artists: Alex Seton, Amy Spiers, Friends With Deficits, Katie Green and collaborators, artists from The Refugee Art Project, Thiru, Matt Huynh, Nam Le and SBS, Tim Gregory, Safdar Ahmed and Zanny Begg with contributions from Zeina Iaali and Bossley Park High Students, Mansoora Gulzari, Parastoo Bahrami, Neda Bahrami, Farnaz Yegan, Kamaleshwaran Selladurai, Mohammad, Bashir, Madina, Daminda and Tabarak (some names have been changed to protect the security of participants).
Curated by Siân McIntyre.
Alex Seton is represented by Sullivan and Strumpf Gallery, Friends With Deficits have been supported by Underbelly Arts 2015.
REFUGE comments on the basic human need for safety and security, free from the threat of violence and persecution. Bringing together artists from a range of backgrounds, Refuge aims to broaden the dialogue around current Australian policy with works by refugee artists, non refugee artists and collaborative works between refugee and non refugee artists. Here, dialogue isn’t limited to one sector of society, but is the responsibility of all to actively engage in conversation and action. Accompanying this diverse range of voices and conversations is the opportunity to learn, hear and act via live performance, panel discussions and social mixers. Through these events Refuge will create an active platform of consciousness, a safe space for inquiry, learning and collaboration at Verge Gallery.
Friends With Deficits work was developed for and supported by Underbelly Arts 2015. Alex Seton is represented by Sullivan and Strumpf Gallery.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS – NOV/ DEC + FRI NOV 27, 7-9pm :: IF YOU COME TO AUSTRALIA
If you come to Australia is a new verbatim theatre project devised in collaboration with 5 asylum seekers who live in western Sydney. They describe in intimate detail their journey, experience of detention and the challenge of adapting to their new lives. Written directly for you, the audience, it pays tribute to those who did not survive the journey and provides a testimony which challenges the humanity of current governmental approaches.
$15 Donation at the door – funds will be donated to the employment program at the Asylum Seeker Centre and The Emergency Relief Program at Red Cross. RSVP at email@example.com. + SAT NOV 28, 1-3pm :: PANEL DISCUSSION, ART AS ACTION
Panelists :: Safdar Ahmed (founder Refugee Art Project),Katie Green (director, If You Come To Austraia), Mona Moradevski (collaborator, If You Come To Australia and Undrawing The Line), Alex Seton (Artist). Chair :: Tim Gregory (Artist). + THURS DEC 3, 6-8pm :: A STRANGE INVITATION TO COMBAT – FUNDRAISER
Live experimental music curated by Clayton Thomas. $5-$10 donation at the door. All funds will be donated to the employment program at the Asylum Seeker Centre and The Emergency Relief Program at Red Cross. + SAT DEC 5, 1-3pm :: DOUBLE VISION
An afternoon of experimental free form music. Free. Curated by Del Lumanta + TUES DEC 8, 3-6pm :: SOCIAL MIXER/ ZINE LAUNCH, REFUGEE ART PROJECT AND SSI
Refugee and non-refugee artists invited to meet, share tips and exchange ideas around art making and networking.
Key discussion points covered will include: Groups/collectives/networks that artists might be able to join in / collaborate with, Artwork pricing, Tips for developing an exhibition proposal, Potential artistic collaborations.
The afternoon will also include a launch of the three most recent publication from the Refugee Art Project:
Refugee Art Project zine #8 is dedicated to the work of Fakhruddin Rajai, a young Hazara Afghan artist and refugee. The zine tells Fakhruddin’s story, in his own words, which gives context and meaning to his artwork.
Refugee Art Project zine #9 features the artwork of Mona Moradveisi, a young woman from Iran who is a regular participant in the Refugee Art Project women’s art workshop in Parramatta.
Refugee Art Project zine #10 – ‘Mr Man in the Garden’ is a children’s book which was conceived and painted mostly by children of a refugee background at the women’s art workshop in Parramatta. It was conceived and painted by the sisters, Parastoo, Neda and Maryam Bahrami, Madina and her mother Yalda Sayer and the facilitators, Safdar Ahmed, Susan Nelson and Anjali Vishwanathan. + SAT DECEMBER 12, 7pm :: EARLWOOD FARM PRESENTS: THE CHRISTMAS CLIMATE CHANGE VARIETY HOUR
Featuring the comedy vocal stylings of Lady Sings it Better and performances from local artists including Betty Grumble, Tom Hogan, Maria White and Emma McManus, Christmas Climate Change Variety Hour is a perversion of carols by candlelight questioning the conceptual and material sustainability of Christmas with song, dance, mime, poetry, durational performance and experimental lectures. Presented by Earlwood Farm in association with Verge Gallery and supported by the City of Sydney. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
REFUGE – (LtoR) Undrawing The Line, Thiru, Friends with Deficits, Alex Seton.
REFUGE – (LtoR) Alex Seton, Tim Gregory, Amy Spiers.
REFUGE – (LtoR) Tim Gregory, Amy Spiers.
REFUGE – The Chant of Nudimmud by Undrawing The Line.
REFUGE – (LtoR) Undrawing The Line by The Chant of Nudimmud, Refugee art project by Thiru.
REFUGE – The Chant of Nudimmud by Undrawing The Line.
REFUGE – Wish You Were Here by Friends with Deficits.
REFUGE – If You Come To Australia by Katie Green and collaborators
REFUGE – (LtoR) The Boat by Matt Hunh, Nam Le and SBS, The Chant of Nudimmud by Undrawing The Line.
REFUGE – (LtoR) Undrawing The Line, Refugee Art Project, Alex Seton, Tim Gregory.
REFUGE – (LtoR) Wait Until Called by Amy Spiers, If You Come To Australia by Katie Green and collaborators.
REFUGE – (LtoR) Refugee Art Project Zine reading area, Thiru, Alex Seton, Tim Gregory.