– Locust Jones / ALNF –
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’.