Hand in Hand celebrated its 10th anniversary in Wollongong during Harmony Week

Hundreds of supporters came through the doors from March 21 – 24 at Project Contemporary Artspace to help raise funds for SCARF at the Hand in Hand art exhibition held during Harmony Week this year. Harmony Week is all about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

This year the event celebrated 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.

All proceeds from ticket and artwork sales support SCARF programs for children, youth and adults from refugee backgrounds.

Refugees face a range of social barriers and challenges during resettlement in a new country. By creating connections and generating opportunities, SCARF helps individuals and families to establish a sense of belonging, experience social and economic inclusion and access the tools for self-empowerment and independence.

Pippa Rendel, SCARF CEO says with increasing support, the number and quality of programs on offer has increased.

“The increased support of the community has meant that we are able to offer more friendship programs to refugees and their families. These fundraiser events give the community an opportunity to come together and they are vital to continuation of our programs.  We are forever grateful to the community who offers financial support to SCARF and to the tireless volunteers who lend their skills and compassion to a great cause.”

Thanks to the generosity of contributing artists, supporters and volunteers, Hand in Hand 2019 attracted over 250 visitors to the exhibition, supported 5 emerging artists from refugee backgrounds to share their works with the wider public alongside over 50 local established artists, and raised more than $12,000 for SCARF!  We also held a free Family Day of arts and crafts activities, bringing together people from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds to promote harmony and inclusion.

We’re also excited to announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award for Hand in Hand 2019. The winner is Mr Peete Jowanie for his work ‘Generations to Generation’. Congratulations Peete!

And a big thank you to our performers who entertained us during opening night Catalina Dermenjian and Kate Cillekens.

Once again, thank you for your support!