Art from the World

Time Out (Sydney) - - THINGS TO DO - Emma Joyce

RED­FERN’S CRE­ATIVE STU­DIO Work-Shop has joined forces with the Wel­come Stu­dio to run a se­ries of new work­shops taught by skilled artists who have a refugee back­ground or are cur­rently seek­ing asy­lum here in Aus­tralia. The Art from the World work­shops present a chance for peo­ple to con­nect with and learn from peo­ple who’ve brought tra­di­tional skills to Aus­tralia from other coun­tries. They’re also an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple with refugee back­grounds to share their cul­ture and knowl­edge – such as sto­ry­telling tra­di­tions from Sierra Leone, or the art of po­lit­i­cal car­toon­ing from Syria and Jor­dan.

Art from the World classes kick off in Septem­ber and will run through Oc­to­ber, start­ing with Cof­fee Paint­ing ( 1.30-3.30pm, $45, Sat Sep 16) by Alwy Fad­hel, who will share a re­source­ful craft that he learnt whilst liv­ing as a de­tainee in an Aus­tralian im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion cen­tre.

Hilin Kazemi, a teacher from Iran, will teach par­tic­i­pants how to make Per­sian Felt An­i­mals ( 11.30am-2.30pm, $50, Sun Sep 24) over a cup of Per­sian tea. And in Mi­croMacramé Jew­ellery ( 10.30am-1pm,

$50, Sat Sep 30), Ira­nian-born Azadeh Zolfigol will share her mother’s tech­niques for mak­ing a mi­cro macrame neck­lace.

Each work­shop is taught by an artist from the Wel­come Stu­dio, which is an art fo­cused so­cial en­ter­prise that sup­ports peo­ple seek­ing asy­lum.

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