By by ARTAND Foundation

It has been an honour for the ARTAND Foundation to work with communities, schools and artists on projects to empower young people to express themselves and find joy in education. Art & Australia began this journey with a collaboration between media art initiative NOISE and ARTAND Australia, this mini-magazine project profiled twenty-five Australian artists under twenty-five. Later we commissioned ni-Vanuatu weavers from Mataso Island (Shepherd Islands), Mataso-Ohlen (Port Vila) and Unakapu Village (Nguna Island off Efate’s north coast) to create an Artist Edition. In September 2010 ARTAND Australia initiated a collaboration between artist Locust Jones and twenty-one refugee students at Lurnea High School in south-western Sydney. Students from East Turkistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Sudan, Argentina and Thailand were invited to share their stories, and the resulting 25-metre canvas is challenging and uplifting. It became the centrepiece of the exhibition ‘Subtext: Art for Literacy’ (2011), held at Sydney’s Carriageworks, and was celebrated in the Art & Australia publication A Space to Speak: ‘Let them feel us’.