These incredible coffee paintings are by Mohammad, a refugee from Myanmar living in Sydney. Mohammad spent over 4 years in detention centres around the country. Many of these works illustration the isolation people feel when living in detention for extensive periods of time.


Castro Libia and Olafur Olafsson

'Bosbolobosboco #6'

During their stay in Sydney, in collaboration with The Refugee Art Project, refugees and psychologist Nina Melksham, Castro and Ólafsson created a biomorphic audio sculpture. Using methods of relaxation and memory visualisation four refugees describe, in dialogue with Melksham, images of departure, transit and arrival, from memories of their journey to Australia. Visitors are invited to sit or lie in the sculpture, made from wood, shred cardboard, textiles, used clothes and layers of cello tape, and listen to the audio through headphones.

These beautiful pencil illustrations are by Murtaza Ali Jafari, who we’ve featured many times before on this blog. Murtaza is a kind man who is finally living and working in the Sydney community after a long time in detention.


"Art, no matter who you are or where you come from, is universal…best of all art at its best says something about who we are as human beings. And so should refugee policy."

Julian gave a really great speech at the opening of Still Alive - an exhibit showcasing the art of refugees and asylum seekers. 

Australian public figure, best known for the Chaser, the Hamster Wheel, and other ABC productions, Julian Morrow, speaking at the Still Alive opening night at the Stanley Street Gallery in Sydney.

Shokufa Tahiri, a young refugee from Afghanistan, speaking at the Still Alive opening night about her painting ‘The Journey’.

You can read a SMH article about Shokufa and her painting here:

Asif, a young refugee from Afghanistan, tells his story and his experience of detention at the Reality and Representation panel as part of the Still Alive exhibition held at the Stanley Street Gallery by the Refugee Art Project.