A giant celebration for Refugee Week

The giant message forms part of a free exhibition showcasing artworks by refugees.

The Sunshine Coast Refugee Action Network (SCRAN) is celebrating Refugee Week with a giant community art and social media project, now on display at Sonder Gallery in Cooroy as part of an exhibition which opened on Saturday 18 June.

The project involved around 30 community groups, schools and artists from across the Sunshine Coast decorating huge letters of the alphabet.

Participants came together for the first time in early June, to assemble and film a giant message of welcome.

Photos of the individual letters being created are posted on the SCRAN facebook page, along with a video montage and drone footage of the complete message.

The giant message forms part of a free exhibition showcasing artworks by refugees who are, or have been, living in refugee camps around the world, including those formerly detained on Nauru.

The exhibition, entitled The Global Need for Healing, runs until Sunday 26 June.

“The opening night was well attended and shows that our community is ready to welcome refugees,” SCRAN spokesperson Lisa McDonald said. “One of the aims of Refugee Week is to focus on how the community can provide a safe and welcoming environment for refugees.”

Refugee Week, 19 to 25 June, is Australia’s peak annual activity to celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. 

Information about the Refugee Week Art Exhibition can be found at sondergallery.com.

More information about Refugee Week can be found at refugeeweek.org.au