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September 7, 2012

Building Bridges art exhibition and fundraiser

by refugeeactioncoalitionsydney

Important announcement: Event postponed

Unfortunately, the exhibition has outgrown the capacity of the venue chosen to house the event. We will be holding the exhibition at a far larger venue in late November and will make an announcement shortly as to where and when.

Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) and Refugee Art Project (RAP) are jointly hosting this special exhibition of works donated by a diverse range of emerging and established artists who are proud to support refugee activism and refugee culture. All funds raised will be equally shared between RAC and RAP.

Image: Deborah Kelly, ‘And For My Next Trick’, 290mm x 365mm, original collage from vintage and contemporary sources with Swarowski crystal on Italian cotton paper in mid-century Danish frame with convex glass, 2010 – just one of the artworks available at this fundraiser auction.

Donating professional artists so far include:
REG MOMBASSA (founder of Mambo, musician in Dog Trumpet, Mental as Anything)
PAULINE PANTSDOWN (Media tart with a #1 in the 90s music charts; alter-ego of COFA UNSW Lecturer Simon Hunt)
PHIL SOMERVILLE (renowned newspaper cartoonist)
DAVID POPE (another renowned newspaper cartoonist)
PAOLA TALBERT (widely exhibited photographer, including at Venice Biennale; Lecturer in Photography at Tin Sheds at University of Sydney)
DEBORAH KELLY (artist showing in streets, skies and galleries around Australia, in the Singapore and Venice Biennales. Winner of the 2009 Fisher’s Ghost Award, the 2009 Screengrab International New Media Art Award, & the 2012 Albury Art Prize; represented by GBK GALLERY BARRY KELDOULIS)
MAHMOUD SALAMEH (Palestinian refugee & cartoonist, contributor to Refugee Art Project’s Life in Limbo exhibition)
MARGARET MAYHEW (painter, now Melbourne-based who among other things hosted an exhibition inspired by the 2005 convergence on Baxter detention centre)
LIONEL BAWDEN (Sydney artist working in sculpture, performance, installation and painting; AGNSW Wynne Prize, ABN Amro emerging Artist Award; international residencies in New York, Beijing and Dunedin; represented by KAREN WOODBURY GALLERY, Melbourne & Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, san Francisco)
JACQUELENE DRINKALL (Sydney artist and theorist; ANU University Medal in Painting, Marten Bequest, Australian Postgraduate Award, AGNSW Awards; Lecturer in Art at University of Sydney; Honorary Research Associate at College of Fine Art UNSW; Occupy Sydney Creative Action)
ZANNY BEGG (cross-disciplinary artist, writer and organiser; Gallery Director at Tin Sheds, University of Sydney)
ELLA ROSE BARCLAY (Sydney based multimedia artist, Asialink Grant and two special scholarships to study in Edinburgh; active member of international collective FutureAcademy StudioLab in 2007)
GIANNI WISE (Sydney based artist; New Work Grant, Australia Council (2005); invited to exhibit at Australian Experimental Art Foundation early in 2013; Associate Lecturer at University of Sydney and Curtin UNiversity)
DIANE MANTZARIS (Melbourne based artist working in large scale photomontage and exhibiting internationally. Diane will show a print from her recent series on refugees as well as some of the media it has generated.)
LANELLE CARRUSCA (painter, art student at Meadowbank TAFE, RAC activist)
VIVEN DADOUR (artist, artists against racism)
FLEUR MACDONALD (exhibiting since 1985, mainly paintings, gouache and oil. 11 Solo’s and over 60 group shows. Work held in private and commercial collections all over the world, finalist in the Churchie, Gallipoli and Mosman Art Prizes. An Art collector, and Art’s documenter since founding the blog in 2009)

If you wish to donate one of your works, please call Ben Eadie 0422871327 or Mark Goudkamp 0422078376. Option to send one Jpeg image documenting your artwork and 50 word artist bio for gallery notes and media: jacquelenedrinkall [at]

Artwork will need to be ready for delivery between October 1-3, with artist name, artwork title, dimensions and recommended price attached in writing.

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