Those of you who have been following me on Facebook and Twitter will be familiar with this. Over the last three weeks, I’ve been working with Propel Youth Arts on a photographic project for Refugee Week 2012. Refugee Week aims to inform Australia about refugees and celebrates positive contributions made to Australia by refugees who have since become Australian residents and citizens. The theme for Refugee Week this year is “Restoring Hope” and the project involved a number of professional creatives working with young people to develop audio-visual and multimedia art for exhibition.
Today saw the fruition of all our collective efforts in the opening of the Restoring Hope exhibition at 140 William in Perth. It was a fantastic opportunity to see the young people’s works on display and to also catch up with a number of them – many who were stoked to see their works in print and in a multimedia slideshow. Many of the images told stories of the young people’s lives — what mattered to them now, their dreams for the future, their friendships and relationships since arriving in Australia. Restoring Hope is a perfectly apt theme in an exhibition of works by young people whose lives have changed so positively since arriving in Australia. The exhibition showcased paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and music produced by the young people in collaboration with their mentors.
If you’re in Perth, drop in to the foyer of 140 William (located at, naturally, 140 William Street) and have a look at the works on show! Many thanks to Propel Youth Arts for having me in this project — and also a BIG THANKS to all those who donated digital cameras for this project. It couldn’t have happen without your generous contribution!
Here are some pics snapped at the opening of the Restoring Hope exhibition: