University Art Gallery
Graphic Arts Poster
Graphic art poster
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- 14 Sep - 25 Nov 2016
For an invitation to the exhibition, please see Refuge Invitation (PDF, 1.24 MB)
An exhibition of work by Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) students in the Rabbit Hole studio
This exhibition explores Western Sydney as a ‘safe shelter’, and the important role local communities have played in humanitarian migration.
As part of our 2015 re-branding program, a series of promotional videos telling stories of successful graduates was launched, and holding particular resonance was the story of Deng Thiak Adut: refugee and former child soldier, Western Sydney U alumnus, now a Blacktown-based lawyer and community leader. The crux of this video is the line ‘Western Sydney took him in’, and this sentiment is the springboard for our 2016 exhibition.
Certain media commentary about the overall re-branding and Deng’s story in particular revealed that there is a perception that Western Sydney ‘hates refugees’. This correlates with studies that highlight how Western Sydney has been perceived—by people living outside of the region—as a place populated with people who are coarse, uneducated, and culturally bereft. On the contrary, refugees have been welcome in Western Sydney for a long time and the vibrant communities of Cabramatta, Fairfield, Liverpool and Blacktown attest to this.
Fourth year design students working in the Rabbit Hole studio were asked to develop a personal response, and visually communicate it through a poster, highlighting Western Sydney’s long-standing capacity to provide refuge, thereby celebrating our culturally diverse communities. In doing so, they demonstrate that people in Western Sydney are culturally engaged, creative, intelligent and compassionate.