Illustrating the Nauru files: ‘We have to fight with something’

by Naaman Zhou

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“All We Can’t See”, an exhibition illuminating the Nauru Files, The Yellow House, Sydney

By Lucy Feagins

All We Can’t See’ deserves your attention right now, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a group exhibition featuring a truly incredible line-up of leading Australian artists, including Laura Jones, Abdul Abdullah, Paul Davies, Ben Quilty
, Luke Scibberas, Aida Tomescu, Joshua Yeldham and many more. But most importantly, this is a show with a powerful message. Each artist’s work is a response to an individual Nauru File, selected from over 2000 documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper in 2016. This important exhibition opens this Friday, February 2nd in Sydney.

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In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru between 2013 and 2015.

These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government.

You can read the files here.

‘All We Can’t See’ Group Exhibition
Yellow House Sydney
57-59 Macleay Street Potts Point, Sydney

“Choice Cuts” by John McDonald, Review of the Salon des Refusès at the S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum, August 5-6, 2017

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Featured Artist in Dumbo Feather – The Climate Change Issue, Third Quarter, Issue 52

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A new show embracing fun, family, connection and the rich potential of the artistic community.
In 2015, Artbank partnered with Create NSW on a two-year project that aimed to both acquire new artworks for the collection and increase visibility for NSW artists who identify as living with a disability. Both those goals were met, and something else wonderful happened too. Over the course of the project supported by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Artbank encountered the rich creative relationships forming between the artists and their peers living with and without disabilities. Thus Good Neighbours was born, delivering an exhibition that celebrates the original project and the doors it opened, weaving a narrative through the artworks selected.

Good Neighbours’ at Artbank runs from June 29 to October 6, featuring work by Liam Benson, Harriet Body, Matthew Calandra, David Capra, Emily Crockford, Rosie Deacon, John A Douglas, Peter Dudding, Laura Jones, Stefan Kater, Daniel Kojta, Nadia Lolas, Anthony Mannix, Meagan Pelham, Thom Roberts, Thom and Angelmouse, Greg Sindel, Wart, Digby Webster and Paul Williams.

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In 2016, the Great Barrier Reef was hit by the largest and most far-reaching bleaching event in recorded history, an environmental disaster which continues to ravage coral up and down the east coast.

In the midst of the unfolding crisis, artist Laura Jones was compelled to travel to the remote island of Lizard Island, where she worked as an artist-in-residence alongside research scientists for ten days. Laura joined Nic in the studio to describe her reef adventure and discuss how art can help us to connect with this beautiful and vulnerable ecosystem.

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Studio Visit: Laura Jones
The artist’s exhibition features a series of paintings and sculptures depicting the life and death of the Great Barrier Reef.
Written by Molly Urquhart, photography by Jacqui Turk

By Lucy Feagins

Best known in recent years for her distinctive flower paintings, this year Sydney artist Laura Jones explores emotive new territory.

With an urge to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef’s devastating mass bleaching event of 2016, Laura sought out a residency on Lizard Island, and then more recently on Heron Island. Painting in close proximity to the reef, and meeting the dedicated scientists who study it, has inspired a spectacular new series of paintings for Laura.

We talked with Laura ahead of her upcoming exhibition ‘Bleached‘ at Olsen Gallery in Sydney, opening mid-May.

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