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Date(s) - 02/02/2018 - 10/02/2018
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Yellow House


An exhibition illustrating the Nauru Files to raise awareness about the human cost of Australia’s offshore detention policy.

In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru between 2013 and 2015. These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government.

Despite the harrowing nature of the files, the centre continues to operate as before – the conditions remain and the abuse is ongoing. In the absence of media access to the island, our objective is to illustrate these stories through creative expression, using art to shed light on all we can’t see. Each file will be illustrated by a different artist.

Featuring artworks by 30 leading Australian artists, including: Abdul Abdullah / Abbas Alaboudi / Angela Brennan / Paul Davies / Dinosaur Designs / Belinda Fox / Adrienne Gaha / Peter Gardiner / Sam Harrison / Pia Johnson / Laura Jones / Locust Jones / Janet Laurence / Tim Maguire / Angus McDonald / Jamie Priesz / Marisa Purcell / Ben Quilty / Abdullah M I Sayed / Tomislav Nikolic / Louis Pratt / Mark Rodda / Luke Scibberas / Megan Seres / Alex Seton / Luke Storrier / Aida Tomescu / Mark Whalen / Judith Wright / Joshua Yeldham

Discussion Panel
Saturday February 10, 2.30pm-3.30p
Moderator: Ben Doherty, Journalist, Guardian Australia
Janet Laurence, Artist; Khanh Hoang, PhD Candidate and Nettheim Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW and co-chair of the Refugee Rights Subcommittee of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.