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Exhibition of hope and love

Honoured: Quentin Bryce presenting artist Barat Ali with a Certificate of Appreciation at the opening of the exhibition. Photos: Tim Nemeth

Honoured: Quentin Bryce presenting artist Barat Ali with a Certificate of Appreciation at the opening of the exhibition. Photos: Tim Nemeth

EXPLORING themes of social justice, through a series of artworks by refugee artists is the aim of a new exhibition in Brisbane.

The exhibition Hope & Love: Through the Eyes of Refugees is hosted by the Mercy Heritage Centre, located within All Hallows’ Convent in Ann Street, Brisbane.

A joint initiative of the Mercy Heritage Centre and Mercy Community Services – Romero Centre, this is the second annual collaboration between the Mercy ministries.

Mercy Heritage Centre director Peter Connell said the project drew upon the experiences of refugees, their journeys and hardships, and showcased the skill and beauty of their artwork.

“The exhibition aimed to promote awareness of the issues facing refugees, and the artists – many of them established professionals in their home countries – have produced some stunning and thought-provoking works,” Mr Connell said.

“Many of the works display the vibrant cultures of the artists, their love of their homeland, and their love of Australia.

“Others are sombre depictions of the realities of conflict, the uncertainties they have faced as displaced people, and the deep sadness many feel at the loss of their homes and families.”

The exhibition will be held at the Mercy Heritage Centre until January 28, before touring to the Peter W Sheehan Gallery, Australian Catholic University, Banyo, in February and March.

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