Pas­sage to free­dom ex­pe­ri­enced through art

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

STU­DENTS who have found refuge in Aus­tralia will ex­press their per­sonal sto­ries through their art­works in an ex­hi­bi­tion at Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege in Kew­dale this Fri­day.

This year’s ex­hi­bi­tion, Fly to Free­dom, will in­clude paint­ings, ce­ram­ics, tex­tiles and prints pre­sented by Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege Vis­ual Arts and De­sign & Tech­nol­ogy stu­dents from years 7 to 12.

Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege art co-or­di­na­tor Amelia Joseph said she was able to help the stu­dents ex­press them­selves through art as she had ex­pe­ri­enced trauma her­self.

“Some stu­dents, they came just for ed­u­ca­tion with their par­ents but the ma­jor­ity came, just like me, seek­ing refuge in a peace­ful coun­try,” she said.

“Stu­dents come from coun­tries that have vi­o­lence, dis­crim­i­na­tion or racism and in here they set­tle.

“Be­fore I was like them and I still feel it, but now I can help more be­cause I’m set­tled and re­laxed.”

Ms Joseph said pro­ceeds from sales of se­lected art­works would be do­nated to drought-af­fected farm­ers.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant for these kids to un­der­stand that they’re part of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“It’s good for them to learn how to help other peo­ple; we are all Aus­tralians and need to take care of each other.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing will be held at Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege in Kew­dale at 2pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23.

Art co-or­di­na­tor Amelia Joseph and Year 8 vis­ual arts stu­dents with their works in progress for the Fly to Free­dom ex­hi­bi­tion at Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege.

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