Art4Refugees Junior and Big Fat Smile Workshop

Art4Refugees Junior and Big Fat Smile Workshop

For the first time, SCARF has held an Art4Refugees Junior event as a part of the annual Art4Refugees exhibition and fundraiser. Art4Refugees Junior gave high school students the opportunity to take part in an art workshop hosted by Big Fat Smile, and have their artworks displayed at Art4Refugees Junior exhibition at The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS).

Big Fat Smile Workshop

Artists aged between 12 to 18 years old came together at Big Fat Smile’s Artspace for a free workshop on Saturday the 10th of September to create artworks for the Art4Refugees Junior event in October. The workshop was hosted and organised by Big Fat Smile and SCARF (strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families). Young artists from refugee and non-refugee background created their own masterpieces using Artspace’s resources, with artworks centred around the Art4Refugees Junior themes of “home” and “belonging”.


“It’s a fantastic opportunity for them (the participants) to create in this environment… it’s really nice to see everyone working off each other.” said Artist at Artspace, Angela Forest.

With the help of SCARF volunteer, Caitlyn, and the expertise from Artspace artists, Tamara and Angela, the young artists were able to hone their craft and express themselves creatively in a fun and safe environment.

Art4Refugees Junior Exhibition at TIGS

On the 1st and second of October, SCARF held our first ever art4refugees junior exhibition at The Illawarra Grammar School.

The event featured an art exhibition by high school students from refugee and non-refugee background around the theme of ‘seeking home’, as an exhibition by Art4Refugees featured artist, Najla Sbei.



Guests were treated to musical performances by Sako Dermenjian, and the Myanmar Children’s Dance group, along with Syrian finger food.

img_1651A variety of workshops facilitated by local creative practitioners took place on Saturday and Sunday to keep guests young and old entertained.


On Sunday, attendees enjoyed a Storytelling performance with Lilian Pang and children form refugee background, as well as a film-screening of ‘Cast form the Storm.’

This wonderful event would not be possible without the support from a fantastic team of volunteers, and Art4Refugees Junior sponsors, The Illawarra Grammar School, Big Fat Smile and LBPR.