art4refugees is a celebration of community, art and culture in support 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 more acclaimed artists. Join us as an exhibiting artist, volunteer, or supportive community member in the 2016 month long art4refugees celebration.  

SCARF Supporting Refugee Families

SCARF is in it’s 11th year running – Proudly delivering programs and services to refugee families and communities in the Illawarra for over a decade. SCARF has helped more than 1000 people from refugee backgrounds (including individuals and families from Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria and Togo) gain access to one or more of SCARF’s services.  In addition, 150 volunteers from the Illawarra region generously share their time, energy and expertise to help deliver SCARF’s activities and programs.  SCARF has never received ongoing government funding and therefore relies heavily on small grants, volunteer resources and the true generosity of the Illawarra community and beyond to continue to function.

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.

SCARF site

Opening Night

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.

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Donate Art

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!

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Support A4R

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.

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SCARF Office, Community Gateway Hub

26 Atchison St, Wollongong NSW 2500