Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Hope-inspired art on tour in the South-West

    18/09/2012 12:00 AM
    • Art exhibition by newly-settled refugees and migrants
    • Art on show in Bunbury for next two months
    Hope has driven many refugees and migrants to Western Australia and has become the inspiration for an art exhibition touring the South-West and opens on Friday.

    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney said the exhibition enabled young people to express, through their art, the challenges they faced coming to a new country. 

    The Restoring Hope Art Exhibition was developed as part of Refugee Week 2012 and features artworks by young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who have recently travelled from across the globe to settle in WA.

    “Producing these artworks enables young people, who have settled in this State for a variety of reasons, to share their experiences as members of the WA community,” Mrs McSweeney said.

    “The exhibition is a fantastic way for young migrants to engage with the community and to educate and raise awareness of what it means to arrive in a new country and call it home.”

    Restoring Hope will be exhibited at three Bunbury locations until late November.

    The artworks include visual and audio art, including a music video with lyrics sung in English, Persian and the South Sudanese dialect of Dinka.

    The Restoring Hope Art project was developed by the Department for Communities in association with Propel Youth Arts WA.
    Fact File
    • Bunbury exhibition locations and dates:
    • St Augustine Uniting Church, 119 Mangles Street - Sept 21-Oct 18
    • Mission Australia, upper level 55 Forest Avenue - Oct 18-Nov 2
    • Bunbury Library, Parkfield Street - Nov 2-Nov 23

    Minister's office  - 6552 6500

    Restoring Hope Art Exhibition - fact sheet

    • The Department for Communities partnered with Propel Youth Arts WA, Red Cross, Save the Children Australia and the Office for Multicultural Interests.
    • The Restoring Hope Art Exhibition features about 40 pieces of art.
    • The artists included young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds from Aranmore Catholic College, North Lake Senior Campus, the Australian Islamic College, Hillside Christian College and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre. The Red Cross and YMCA Perth, through their programs, also contributed refugee art to the exhibition.
    • In the exhibition:  An audio piece features a group of students speaking about their journey through many different countries on their way to Australia.  They also spoke about how having hope has helped them.
    • In the exhibition:  In the audio pieces, the students also speak about their experiences in refugee camps (for example the type of food they were eating).
    • In the exhibition:  In a video piece, an artist speaks about the violence in his country and how now in Australia he is rebuilding his life, he has friends and great teachers at school and big dreams for his future.
    • In the exhibition:  A hip hop music video with lyrics in English, Persian and Dinka (a South Sudanese dialect) described a day in the life of a refugee.
    • In the exhibition:  An artwork features the suitcase an artist brought with them on their journey and some of the items they travelled with.
    • Artists are from countries including South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iran, Burma, Somalia, Thailand, China and Rwanda.
    • Propel Youth Arts WA sent artists to run workshops at the schools and with the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre. The artists’ specialties included audio, audio visual, photographic, sculpture and visual.