SOME artworks are confronting, seeking to explicitly convey a message to the observer.
Some use more subtle techniques to get their point across.
But all are emotional works that tell the story of ‘‘home’’ as seen through the eyes of artists seeking asylum in Australia.
Eight Iraqi and Iranian asylum seekers will exhibit their works at Adamstown Arts, located at Adamstown Uniting Church, over the next month as part of the home: between here and there series.
The artwork is the result of a 10-week skills development workshop program for visual artists supported by Settlement Services International’s (SSI) humanitarian services.
SSI arts and culture co-ordinator Carolina Triana said the work explored the difficult situations the artists had been through and their new life and beginnings in Australia.
‘‘These people are seeking asylum in Australia,’’ Ms Triana said. ‘‘But they are also professional artists, who used to practice art back in their country of origin.
‘‘We are encouraging them to continue developing their art and also providing them with a voice to speak.
‘‘The artists decided on home as the theme to explore. ‘‘But they all came at it from a different perspective.
‘‘Each piece is powerful and shows either the homeland they left behind or their new home in Australia.’’
The exhibition will be on display until October 16.
SSI will also host a speakers series in Newcastle on October 7.
Described as ‘‘half TED talk and half Q&A’’, the panel discussions are presented to a live audience and streamed on YouTube.
The series in Newcastle is entitled: ‘‘In our name? Civil society’s influence on refugee and asylum seeker policy and debate in Australia’’ and has attracted a number of academics.