Australian Islamic College Kewdale students present art exhibition on fleeing to Australia

Art coordinator Amelia Joseph and Year 8 visual arts students with their works in progress.
Art coordinator Amelia Joseph and Year 8 visual arts students with their works in progress.

STUDENTS who have found refuge in Australia will express their personal stories through their artworks presented in an exhibition at Australian Islamic College in Kewdale this Friday.

This year’s exhibition, ‘Fly to Freedom’, will include paintings, ceramics, textiles and prints presented by Australian Islamic College Visual Arts and Design & Technology students from Year 7-12.

Australian Islamic College art co-ordinator Amelia Joseph said she was able to help the students express themselves through art as she had experienced trauma herself.

“Some students, they came just for education with their parents but the majority came, just like me, seeking refuge in a peaceful country,” she said.

“Students come from countries that have violence, discrimination or racism and in here, they settle.

“Before I was like them and I still feel it but now I can help more because I’m settled and relaxed.”

Ms Joseph said proceeds made from sales of selected artworks would be donated to drought affected farmers.

“It’s really important for these kids to understand that they’re part of the community,” she said.

“It’s good for them to learn how to help other people, we are all Australians and need to take care of each other.”

The exhibition opening will be held at Australian Islamic College in Kewdale at 2pm on Friday, November 23.