Refugee Art Project
Refugee Arts Project is a non-profit, community art organisation which has facilitated art workshops for asylum seekers and refugees in the Villawood detention centre and for refugee living in the Western Sydney community since late 2010. The artworks produced within our workshops are curated and shown in public exhibitions, online and in self-published zines, to educate the broader Australian community and challenge some of the misconceptions that surround the refugee issue. Refugee Art Project aims to facilitate the agency and self - expression of asylum seekers and refugees, activating art in the struggle for social justice.
Safdar Ahmed is a Sydney-based artist and academic. He is the author of Reform and Modernity in Islam (IB Taurus) and the Walkley Award-winning documentary web-comic Villawood: Notes from an immigration detention centre. He works mostly in the mediums of drawing and comics, and is a founding member of Refugee Art Project, for which he conducts regular art workshops with asylum seekers and refugees in Western Sydney.