Art show connects youth with refugees

Art show connects youth with refugees

An art exhibition being run for students on the Fleurieu Peninsula and coinciding with Refugee Week aims to raise awareness of the struggles refugees face when settling in Australia.

The Fleurieu Refugee Support Group has created the art event in lieu of plans originally slated for Refugee Week and the Yankalilla Show, which have since been scrapped due to coronavirus restrictions.

The competition was launched during Refugee Week (June 14 to 20) and is open to students aged between five and 18 on the southern Fleurieu.

Bill Page from the group said the competition follows the theme of 'Welcome - We are one'.

"As part of Refugee Week 2020, we aim to raise awareness of the vulnerability of refugees settling in our country. This has been heightened by the impact of COVID-19," he said.

Students are encouraged to create art which fits this theme, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Local schools are being invited to take part and during August or early September the schools can hold their own event or display students' completed works.

Schools will be asked to put forward their students' best works, which will be showcased at a region-wide event at the Yankalilla Showgrounds on Saturday, October 3 from 2pm to 5pm.

A panel of three judges will judge the entrants in the two age group categories. Both the age five to 11 and 12 to 18 groups will have prizes of $200 for first place, $50 for second, and $50 for people's choice, along with other goodies. After people's choice voting closes at 4pm, Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie will present the winners with their prizes.

For more information, contact Bill Page on refugeefleurieu@gmail.com

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