Hosted by Abbotsford Convent

Works will explore the conditions of awakening in our daily lives, an exploration of the tensions and interplay between asylum seekers and the wider Australian community, including the lack of clarity between languages and expressions, where various genres align to disrupt cultural identities.

Art awakens when it breaks through barriers, uniting artists and audiences and challenging the assumptions and prejudices that keep us in a sleeping state.

St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent: June 30 – July 30

Sat 8/07, 12-3pm – Meet the Artists: 
Some of our artists will get together to drink coffee at Cam’s Kiosk and reflect.
Sun 16/07, 2-5pm – Stories of Awakening: 
A spoken word performance and story-telling event.
Sat 29/07, 12-3pm – Life Drawing Workshop:
MAFA’s first workshop in detention was a life drawing session. Here we go back to the beginning…

Hosted by Heritage Hill Museum, and Docklands Library

Asylum Silk Roads was a 6 month community art project for 200 asylum seekers in Greater Melbourne. This project sought to encourage social creativity as well as help the broader community to recognise asylum seekers as active participants in our society.

The project provided free stencil workshops for 5 asylum seeker support organisations in order to create a large textile artwork which will be exhibited in mid-late 2017.

To celebrate the launch of the Asylum Silk Roads exhibition, please join us for the opening night. There will be artist speeches, traditional Ethiopian music and catering. If you want to join in the full experience, you can also take part in a free workshop to learn the art of stencil from 2 to 5pm – just before the opening.

Exhibition dates:

Opening Night: July 13, starting from 6pm
Heritage Hill:
July 13 – August 11

Docklands Library: October 3 – October 30

Find out more.

A Photography Exhibition by Bahar Taghiani
Hosted by Abbotsford Convent

The exhibition is inspired by women that live in Iran, who are faced with extreme political and religious laws placed upon them in everyday life. Women in Iran have very little to no rights among modern day society forcing them into isolation and losing one’s self confidence. Unfortunately, women are less likely to be involved in their community resulting in personality issues. This is a growing problem in Iran as women have no choice but to accept these historical beliefs placed upon them and it has now become a part of main stream society for women in Iran.

This exhibition will show these elements of a female’s life in Iran as I took photos and some secretly form when I was living in Iran, living in the lighter shade of darkness.

– Bahar Taghiani

St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent: June 30 – July 30