An expert engraver will join a program of talented artists exhibiting their works during New Beginnings for Refugee Week 2017.
Sameer 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.
Sameer’s expertise is in hand-engraving metals. In addition to his work as an artist, Sameer runs a handcrafted engraving business, Engrave Me Happy, which he established with support from SSI’s Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative.
Sameer will join a number of newly arrived artists whose work will feature in an art exhibition during Refugee Week as part of the New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival.
For Sameer, the festival’s name is synonymous with his own fresh start in Australia.
“I need a new beginning,” he said. “I would encourage people to attend New Beginnings to see my work and to see work by people from all over the world.”
Curated by Denise Thwaites, the Singular/Plural art exhibition will also feature established Sydney artists, along with cooperative artworks from community groups. It will run from 21–29 June at 107 Projects in Redfern. Click here for more information, or follow New Beginnings on Facebook or Instagram for regular updates.