The Refugee Art Project has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to bring Thomas Wales, an Aboriginal elder from far north Queensland, to their upcoming ‘Still Alive’ exhibition of original artworks by asylum seekers and refugees.

Thomas is an inspirational man. While working at the now-closed Sherger detention centre (near Weipa, QLD) as a guard, Thomas built friendships with the Hazara Afghan asylum seekers held there. He sees his time at Sherger as an exchange of knowledge, where he learnt Hazara language and shared parts of his culture with his asylum seeker friends.

Thomas is particularly special to us at the Refugee Art Project. When the Sherger centre closed, he salvaged a collection of artworks from being destroyed. These incredible illustrations have been preserved and will be displayed at the ‘Still Alive’ exhibition in Sydney because of Thomas’s thoughtfulness and care for his Hazara friends.

We would like to invite Thomas to speak at the opening night of our exhibition, to give him the opportunity to communicate his story directly with a Sydney audience, and to experience the appreciation our visitors will show when viewing the collection of artworks he cared for.

Help us bring Thomas to Sydney, wherever in the world you might be! 

Share your thoughts with ‪#‎stillalive14 and give this wonderful man the opportunity to attend an incredible event: 

Can you read what this image says? This beautiful coffee painting is being used to promote our upcoming exhibition ‘Still Alive’, held at the Stanley St Gallery Aug 4-10 in #Sydney, Australia. #refugees #refugeerights #asylum #asylumseeker #art #coffee #exhibition #freedom #art4change #art4mentalhealth

Can you read what this image says? This beautiful coffee painting is being used to promote our upcoming exhibition ‘Still Alive’, held at the Stanley St Gallery Aug 4-10 in #Sydney, Australia. #refugees #refugeerights #asylum #asylumseeker #art #coffee #exhibition #freedom #art4change #art4mentalhealth

Colombian Artist to Exhibit Installation on Dreams of Refugees - Latin American Herald Tribune

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Colombian Artist to Exhibit Installation on Dreams of Refugees
Latin American Herald Tribune
SYDNEY – Colombian artist Carlos Agamez inaugurated on Thursday in Sydney his work titled “A little piece of heaven,” an installation that presents the “dreams and expectations” of international refugees. The work of art has “dense clouds made of …

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Children of War, Children of Peace (1996) - Palestinian Artist Laila Shawa

In this series, Laila Shawa tackles the consequences the Israeli occupation leaves on Palestinian children and the plights they go through living under the constant threat of its inhumanity. The child in the series is a boy whom she encountered carrying a stick in a refugee camp in Gaza, positioned against what seems to be graffiti from the streets of Gaza. Pop art is highly influencing this series as can be noticed through the change in background and subject colors.

Unfortunately there has been no change in these children’s lives and the trauma and dispossession has carried on. The only apparent difference in the streets of Gaza was the change in the colour of the graffiti which became brighter. However the misery, poverty and the trauma of violence remained. - LS