Art4Refugees 2017: Opening Night Line-up Announced!

Art4Refugees 2017: Opening Night Line-up Announced!

The Opening Night of our annual art exhibition and major fundraiser, Art4Refugees, is a few short weeks away!

This year, we’re thrilled to not only be showcasing a range of quality artworks (all of which are for sale), but to once again to be giving attendees an opportunity to hear from a diverse line-up of talented speakers and performers.

To top it off, there will be traditional cuisine prepared by SCARF community members, champagne on arrival, and a drinks bar. 

Considering in that 100% of proceeds from ticket and art sales go to SCARF to help us support refugee entrants in the Illawarra, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t join us for a special evening celebrating community, art and culture with us at iAccelerate, UOW Innovation Campus on Friday the 27th of October!

Here are the talented who’ll be performing and speakers on the night:

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Manuel Younus: Art4Refugees Opening Night Performer and MC:

Manal Younus is a writer, performance poet and creative producer. As a Muslim woman with Eritrean origins living in Australia, the young artist discovers and strengthens her identity while inciting thought and discussions amongst her audiences in schools, workplaces, conferences and communities. Her background in community work has seen her create inclusive, progressive spaces. In 2015 Manal self published her first book of poetry titled Reap, and has since travelled the country and internationally performing her work. She has been featured at Adelaide’s TedX Conference, appeared on ABC’s Q&A and represented Australia at Malaysia’s Georgetown Literary Festival.

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Blak Douglas: Art4Refugees Opening Night Performer

Blak Douglas was born Adam Douglas Hill Blacktown (1970) Western Sydney to a Koori Father / Caucasian Mother. He is trained in illustration & photography, and later became self practiced in painting with a style influenced by the study of Graphic Design & devoutly politicised per social justice. He has collections in Blacktown & Liverpool City Councils, City of Sydney, Aboriginal Art Museum (Utrecht), National Gallery of Australia, National Maritime MuseumNational Museum of Australia, Town Hall Collection and Taipei Museum. Blak has been a successive finalist in the Telstra National Indigenous Art Award, the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize and a finalist in the Xstrata Emerging Artists Award and a 2015 Archibald Prize finalist.

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Saka Dermenjian – Art4Refugees Opening Night Performer

Sako Dermenjian is an Armenian classical guitarist, born and raised in Syria, now based in Australia. He was given his first guitar at the age of 7 as a gift from his grandmother and it hasn’t left him since. After studying with the great Mazen Al-Saleh for 9 years in Damascus, Sako was already on the path of achieving his dream to become a world-renowned classical guitarist and teacher. Then war broke out and changed his plans. Sako is now an accomplished musician here in Australia. He has been invited to play at the Australia Day Awards, at Tedx Wollongong, and at many gigs at popular venues. Sako is also studying a Bachelor of Performance in classical guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of his teacher Vladimir Gorbach. Sako plays a Jayson Elazzi Cedar top classical guitar.

Don’t miss out – purchase your Opening Night tickets today!

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