– Locust Jones / ALNF –

By 2011

This project arose from an invitation by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation to raise awareness about their groundbreaking Refugee Action Support literacy program. 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’.