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30 Jul 2016 - 11 Sep 2016 | 10am - 5pm

Refugees is a landmark exhibition which brings together works by 22 world-renowned artists who share a refugee background. Important works by these high profile artists have never before been seen in Western Sydney. 

Khadim Ali, Frank Auerbach, Christian Boltanski, Yosl Bergner, Judy Cassab, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Lucian Freud, Mona Hatoum, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Guo Jian, Anish Kapoor, Inge King, Dinh Q. Lê, Nalini Malani, Helmut Newton, Yoko Ono, Aida Tomescu, Danila Vassilieff, Ai Wei Wei, Ah Xian and Anne Zahalka.

Drawing upon the past 120 years of artistic practice, across a number of continents and conflicts, the exhibition and associated public programs will give a voice to asylum seekers and refugees. 

Over 65 works gathered from major public and private collections across Australia including painting, sculpture, photography, video, ceramic, textile, installation and print will be presented together with new works by Australian artists Guo Jian and Ah Xian, commissioned for the exhibition.

By bringing together works by these artists, this show provides a context to discuss the plight of refugees around the world and address the lack of compassion that has been shown in this country towards those seeking asylum.

As the leading contemporary art facility for South Western Sydney, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is best placed to stage an exhibition of this kind. The gallery is located in one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in the country, with 40% of the population born overseas and over 150 languages spoken.

The exhibition will be an opportunity for Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre to advocate for and empower the refugees in our local area, as a key to creating social change.

Banner Image: Dinh Q. Lê, Erasure (Still #1) 2011, C-type print dry mounted on board. Edition 1/3
120 x 180 cm (image), 130.5 x 191 cm (framed). The Gene & Brian Sherman Collection, Sydney 
Australian Centre for Photography

A robust program of public events will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition including education workshops, community projects, film screenings and the inaugural Art & Refugees Forum.


BEHIND THE SCENESSaturday 6 August 10am 
A 2 hour digital mosaic workshop facilitated by world renowned artist Guo Jian.

BLUE CHIPPED | Saturday 6 & 13 August 10.30am
Hand build your own blue & white porcelain plate with Idil Abdullahi

Simultaneously concave and convex - examine Kapoor's manipulation of substance, form and colour in this special Draw Together.

DRAW TOGETHER: MEMORY BANK | Saturday 3 September 10.30am
Images of pets, toys, family and friends - this special Draw Together workshop examines the work of Christian Boltanski.

ARTS & REFUGEES FORUM | 19 and 20 August 2016

19 & 20 August

Held over two days in August, the ARTS AND REFUGEES FORUM aims to connect people working in the intersection between arts and refugees, and provide a platform for greater networking and development opportunities.

Open to artists, performers, art therapists, educators, researchers, art workers and creative producers, the Arts and Refugees Forum also welcomes humanitarian and community development workers to share their experiences and discuss various aspects of artistic practice by, with and about refugees.

Attendance is free of charge. Registrations open on July 18, 2016.

The Arts and Refugees Forum is an initiative developed by Settlement Services International’s (SSI) Arts & Culture Program in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and with the support of CuriousWorks.

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Event Information

LocationTurbine Gallery
Hopper Gallery
Switch Gallery

AgesAll ages


Phone02 9824 1121


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