The 7th SA Refugee Week Student Poster Exhibition and Awards coordinated by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) and presented at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, in partnership with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the University of South Australia, School of Art, Architecture and Design.
The exhibition was launched by the Honourable Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development, to an audience of 200 students, teachers and family members. This year, the project attracted over 400 entries from 43 schools and institutions, including state and private schools, in both metropolitan and regional locations. AMRC Youth Coordinator, Keith Preston, expressed that: “The project provided students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions with an opportunity to utilise artwork to raise awareness about issues impacting refugees, and to gain an enhanced understanding of themes such as multiculturalism, anti-racism and human rights, as well as celebrating the positive and valuable contributions refugees make to South Australia’s social, cultural and economic development.”
Awards and certificates were presented by Minister Close to participating students and their schools, with attendees able to view the artwork displayed along the gallery. Speeches were delivered by Woodville High School student, Miss Aisha Vunic, who shared how the school’s culturally diverse environment sparked her interest to participate in this year’s Youth Poster project. Miss Thuraya Nagi, a 22-year-old student from Thebarton Senior College, also discussed her family’s journey to safety in Australia from Syria in 2016 and her engagement with the project alongside her sisters. A captivating piano performance was presented by Thebarton Senior College student of Armenian-Syrian background, Ms Marta Chorbajian, who is currently participating in the AMRC SA Youth Parliament program and is a dance teacher for the Armenian Cultural Association.
The project is a key part of SA Refugee Week each year and attracts a growing number of students from different schools and institutions. The exhibition is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm until Wednesday 28 June at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Centre and will then tour to regional galleries.
For a copy of the Youth Poster Awards Catalogue containing a list of participating schools and institutions, and the award winners across the primary, secondary and tertiary categories, please contact the AMRC at (08) 8217 9547.