The Harmony Art Collective 2018 exhibition launches!
The Harmony Art Collective 2018 Exhibition has officially launched, running until 27 April 2018 as part of Harmony Day (21 March).
A spectacular launch event at Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Darling Quarter celebrated the exhibition opening. Hosted by much-loved SBS presenter Patrick Abboud and an address by the Honourable Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.
The exhibition is the result of a nationwide initiative which saw disadvantaged youths aged 15-24 united through art. The project, which expanded its footprint to WA for the first time this year, is a collaboration with Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), the Australian Government and aMBUSH Gallery.
The 2018 initiative comes fresh off the success of last year’s project, which saw over 300 newly arrived migrant youth creating 16 incredible murals from, under the guidance of four of Australia’s top street artists.
This year, the Harmony Art Collective have recruited another four Australian artists known for incredible urban artworks, including internationally renowned illustrator Jeremyville; the first Archibald Prize-nominated street stenciller, Luke Cornish, aka Elk; one of Australia’s finest muralist and contemporary street artist, Fintan Magee; and illustration and monochrome mural master, Georgia Hill.
Between them, the four artists have worked with local community centres in Darwin (NT), Westmead-Girraween (NSW), Wyndham (VIC), Mirrabooka (WA), Ipswich (QLD), and Salisbury (SA) over the past five months.
Alongside the exhibition, the project will also produce four fascinating short documentaries on the national workshops airing on SBS Learn, plus a behind the scenes photography exhibition showcasing works by Sydney photographer Billy Zammit.
Since the Harmony Art Collective began its artistic journey in 2015, celebrating diversity and fostering social cohesion, over 450 youth have been mentored by leading Australian street artists at over 13 locations nationwide, from newly arrived immigrants, to disadvantaged youth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
SBS has also created a new online learning resource which will enable schools and community centres to run their own workshops. The resource is produced by SBS Learn and is available on their website (www.sbs.com.au/learn).