Looking for something special for your walls? Want to support an amazing cause? Well this is the perfect event for you. This annual charity exhibition supports the work of SCARF - a non profit organisation that aims to support and empower refugees as they start their new lives in the Illawarra. art4refugees exhibits a diverse range of artworks from local and national artists. Past contributors have included Paul Ryan, Gillian Day, Moira Kirkwood, Vyvian Wilson and many, many more. Join us to celebrate a wonderful cause with some art loving, fantastic food, entertainment and all around good vibes.
SCARF celebrates its 10th birthday this year– a decade of delivering programs and services to refugee families and communities in the Illawarra! Over the past 10 years, more than 1000 people from refugee backgrounds have accessed one or more of SCARF’s services. In addition, we have over 150 volunteers from the Illawarra region who generously share their time, energy and expertise to help deliver SCARF’s activities and programs. SCARF has never received ongoing government funding. We rely on small grants, volunteer resources and the true generosity of the Illawarra community and beyond, to continue our work.
With your support, we hope we can continue to provide our unique, responsive, wrap-around service to refugee families in the Illawarra, long into the future.
Opening night is the highlight of art4Refugees. This is a great chance to get in early and find the right artwork for you. Featured activities include the Champagne Supper Club where you can enjoy traditional food and entertainment.
SCARF is looking for as many artists as possible to donate works. We are happy to accept donations of paintings (in any medium), photographs, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and ceramics. Join the likes of previous donors Paul Ryan, Idris Murphy, Sallie Moffatt and Auguste Blackman to help make this event a success!
Not an artist but would still like to help? There’s lots of other ways you can support art4refugees… including donating to SCARF, volunteering, becoming a sponsor and even telling your friends! Find out more by clicking on the links below.