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22 June 2020
Stories of Achievement from New Australians of Refugee Background
Photo: Sadiki painting The Great Wall of Cultures mural.
Sadiki Kamuldele of Congolese background lived near the Congo/Rwanda border for 21 years. He was 21 years old when he fled to a refugee camp in Zambia in 2003. He lived in the camp for 13 years and arrived in Mount Gambier in 2015. When he arrived in Mount Gambier, Sadiki expressed an interest in developing his artistic skills. His desire was to paint murals after learning how to paint them while living in refugee camps. The Mount Gambier MRC linked Sadiki with various individuals and organisations to open opportunities for him. Sadiki started off by painting murals on a volunteer basis and quickly became well-respected and admired as a local artist. He has now exhibited sculptures and paintings alongside famous artists in the Riddoch Art Gallery in Mount Gambier, where he has sold almost all of his work. He has painted several murals on his own and in collaboration with Port McDonnell artist Jeremy Ievins. A recent collaboration between Sadiki and Jeremy has included The Great Wall of Cultures project supported by the Australian Government Community Grants Hub through its Fostering Integration Grants Program.