Media Release: Festival Gives Refugee Artists a New Beginning

The New Beginnings Festival for Refugee Week brings together new and established communities for a program of visual arts, film, installations and workshops.

The festival will include the Singular/Plural art exhibition, featuring established contemporary artists Lindy Lee, Aroha Groves, Alex Seton and Garry Trinh exhibiting alongside newly arrived artists from refugee backgrounds, including Sameer Dakhil — an expert engraver from Iraq.

Dakhil has more than 35 years’ experience as a sculptor and engraver, gathered both in his native country of Iraq and in Australia, where he has lived since being forced to leave his birth country in search of safety.

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