This weekend Amnesty International’s Arts Activism Group ARTillery and not for profit
organisation Street Art Murals Australia (SAMA) will paint a series of large scale murals across Sydney centred around human rights and social justice issues.
Coinciding with Sculpture by the Sea, the first mural will be painted at Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall from the 2nd to 3rd of November with a focus on refugee rights. Internationally renowned Mexican street artist Alejandro Martinez, better known as Peque, has teamed up with ARTillery and SAMA to complete the project.
Through his work as a street artist in Mexico, Peque met refugees from South and Central
America who made the journey across the southern border of Mexico and up to Guadalajara. Their stories helped inspire the collective mural La Migracion that was commissioned for the Museo de Culturas Populares in Coyoacan Mexico City and later collected by the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago.
Peque recently immigrated to Australia and learned of the government’s current refugee
policies. He considers that one of the great tragedies of maltreating refugees is the waste of
valuable contributions that those people could otherwise bring to enrich Australian society and culture.
SAMA Project Facilitator Giles Fryer sees this ongoing project as an opportunity to highlight important human rights issues in public spaces.
Members of the public are welcome to watch the mural’s progress, and learn more about the project and Amnesty International’s current actions.
What: Sculpture by the Sea Mural Project
When: 2 – 3 November, photo opportunity on 4 November
Where: Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall
The mural will be completed by November 4, which is the best dMural Flyeray for any photo opportunities.
Alternatively, photos can be requested from the event organisers