Telling refugee’s stories through art

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A new exhibition of artworks by people from refugee backgrounds has opened in Hobart to mark World Refugee Day (20 June).

Presented by Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania in partnership with the City of Hobart, the exhibition in the Waterside Pavilion at Mawson Place features artwork and expressions of culture by Migrant Resource Centre clients and staff from refugee backgrounds – both those who have recently arrived and those who have lived here for some time.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania works with humanitarian arrivals across the state to ensure they feel welcome and included, and have access to the resources and services needed to settle into their new home.

“The process of fleeing one’s home and resettling in a new country is traumatic. Evidence shows that art can play an important role in healing from refugee trauma,” MRC Tas CEO Dr Gillian Long said.

In the lead-up to the event, the MRC Tas Multicultural Learning Centre hosted a series of art workshops with clients from refugee backgrounds.

“These activities provide a much-needed break from the challenges they face while adjusting to a new environment, learning English, finding jobs and settling in,” Community Programs and Learning Centre manager Mae Shell De Sesto said.

“Through art, we bring together their journey of survival, language learning, employment, education, and integration, creating a space that embodies strength and unity.”

Afghan artist Sakina Parsa arrived in Australia in April last year. Her work explores the transformative power of artistic expression for wellbeing and emotional healing.

“I hope my artwork serves as an invitation to connect viewers with themselves and others on a deeper level,” she said.

“I aim to create a space for viewers to question, reflect, and examine the complexities of our shared humanity.”

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