ART FOR REFUGEES – a fundraiser exhibition, in support of the Syrian refugee crisis with artworks donated by leading Australian contemporary artists. Event date: Sunday 8th November 2015 2015, 3–6pm

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Black Lotus Studios presents

ART FOR REFUGEES – a fundraiser exhibition, in support of the Syrian refugee crisis

with artworks donated by leading Australian contemporary artists

Event date: Sunday 8th November 2015 2015, 3–6pm

Where: Black Lotus Studios, 1st Floor, corner of Gladstone & Wilford Streets, Enmore

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Artists include: Lisa Andrew, Hany Armanious, Lynne Barwick, Mishka Borowski, Carla Cescon, Melissa Coote, Linda Dement, Sarah Goffman, Lynne Roberts-Goodwin, Elise Harmsen, Anna-Wili Highfield, Adrian Hobbs, Anna John, Melanie Khava, Derek Kreckler, Lindy Lee, Fiona MacDonald, Fleur MacDonald, Prue Murphy, Tomislav Nikolic, Raquel Ormella, Luke Parker, Sue Pedley, Elizabeth Pulie, Marisa Purcell, Paul Saint, Nicholas Samartis, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Catriona Stanton, Nick Strike, and Justene Williams. More artists to be announced soon.

100% of sales from the fundraiser will be donated to:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Please see the attached information sheet for more details, or visit their website:

What you can do:

Spread the word about the fundraiser through your networks.

 Come along to the exhibition on Sunday 8th November 2015 and purchase an artwork. If nothing takes your fancy, you will still be able to make a donation to the UNHCR.

 If you can’t make it to the event, any works that don’t sell on the day will be available afterwards, for a period, online. See our event page on Facebook for more info.

 If you are interested in volunteering some time, to help photograph, catalogue or hang the works, or to help us on the day, we would love to hear from you.


Black Lotus Studios:


All funds raised from this exhibition will be donated to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). We have chosen UNHCR as the most appropriate organisation to effectively direct the funds.

The Syrian war has created the biggest refugee crisis in the world: 4 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries. Inside Syria, more than 7.6 million residents are internally displaced.

As a result of more than 4 years of war, it is estimated that 12 million people, over half the population of Syria, have been made homeless. Many are displaced within Syria, but there are 4 million people who have fled the country seeking security and shelter.

The UNHCR urgently needs $500 million US dollars to shelter, feed and clothe these people. As they turn away hungry and homeless Syrians, many are finding they have nowhere to go but back to Syria,where they risk death.

Established in 1950 by the General Assembly, the UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

Through organising this exhibition and with the generous donations from the artists, we are doing a small bit to help these people and raise awareness of what they are suffering. There is no end in sight for the war. As our government begins bombing raids in Syria, our responsibility to help people in need increases.

We would also like to draw attention to the 1,500 asylum seekers, who are imprisoned indefinitely, on Manus Island and Nauru, as well as those detained in mainland Australian centres. Many of these people have fled the same war, or similar circumstances, and felt there was no safer place than getting on a boat and risking everything to find safety.

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