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Due to COVID fundraising events have been postponed. In 2021 we will be re-launching our fundraising events. 

By raising money for SCARF, you’ll be helping us to provide holistic, friendship-based support to refugee entrants in our community, ensuring they have the tools to build a secure, happy and thriving life. 

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Past Events

In 2019 Hand in Hand celebrated its final exhibition at Project Contemporary Artspace to help raise funds for SCARF during Harmony Week. Harmony Week is all about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background. During its 10th anniversary and over 100 works of art were donated in a range of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and ceramics and featured in this year’s exhibition.


Acclaimed artists such as Archibald Prize short-listed Paul Ryan, Auguste Blackman, Sallie Moffatt, Blak Douglas, Glen Preece and Dr George Gittoes are among the hundreds of artists who have supported the exhibition in previous years.


Hand in Hand 2019 exhibited works from three artists from refugee backgrounds. These unique pieces were auctioned on opening night. 


Peete Jowanie

‘Generation to Generation’

Generation to Generation

Peete Jowanie, originally from Myanmar, was 9 years old when he arrived in Wollongong in 2008.

In 2018, Peete completed his HSC, which included this beautiful body of work, titled ‘Generation to Generation‘ as his final submission for Visual Arts.  In Peete’s words:

“My body of work is a culmination of four portraits. Each portrait represents different emotions from joy and gratefulness to the feeling of being lost and astray. These portraits represent the fading transition from cultural identity of a refugee from a grandmother to her grandson and emphasizes deeper sentimental connections which slowly become forgotten with contemporary societal pressures.”

Najla Sbei




Najla left Damascus, Syria as an asylum seeker in 2012. Najla has a Master’s degree in History and worked as a high school teacher in her homeland. She now works in the disability sector in Australia. 

“Fluidity” is a unique combination of cultural influences.

“Drawing and painting are my meditation, and my way to express my feelings no matter what they are. I did not learn it, I found myself doing it. When I came to Australia I was searching for inspiring ideas to do some panting and I found the Aboriginal dot painting with all the different colours and I loved it! So I used the dot technique on eastern mandalas, and other designs which reflect, in my eyes, the beauty of different cultures.”


Arash Nedaiee Diznab

‘Rumi’s Desire’

Rumi's Desire

Arash was born in Tehran, Iran in 1977 and moved to Australia in 2016. He started to learn Persian calligraphy as a teenager.

“The thing that inspires me in calligraphy is… the words that have significant message for readers and attracts people to read the words and think about them. Most of the themes in my calligraphy is religious verse or classic Persian literature.

I think each person must play their role in the community. In my religion (Bahai faith) I have learnt that we must spread love and companionship in our community, then we can show other people that universal peace starts from each person’


Translation of Poem: “Rumi’s Desire”

Show me your face
I crave
flowers and gardens
open your lips
I crave
the taste of honey
come out from
behind the clouds
I desire a sunny face
your voice echoed
saying “leave me alone”
I wish to hear your voice
again saying “leave me alone”
I swear this city without you
is a prison
I am dying to get out
to roam in deserts and mountains

I am tired of
flimsy friends and
submissive companions
I die to walk with the brave
am blue hearing
nagging voices and meek cries
I desire loud music
drunken parties and
wild dance
one hand holding
a cup of wine
one hand caressing your hair
then whirling in orbital circle
that is what I yearn for

I can sing better than any nightingale
but because of
this city’s freaks
I seal my lips

while my heart weeps
yesterday the wisest man
holding a lit lantern
in daylight
was searching around town saying
I am tired of
all these beasts and brutes
I seek
a true human
we have all looked
for one but
no one could be found
they said
yes he replied
but my search is
for the one
who cannot be found

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