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The opening of the Welcome Wall 

Refugee Arrived Welcome Wall Artists

Isaac Rai

The Welcome Wall

It was through a volunteer from the Migrant Resource Centre's Humanitarian Settlement Service (HSS volunteer program) that we learnt of the artistic talents of newly arrived and settled refugees from Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Iran, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Sierra Leone and many other countries whose refugees have settled in Tasmania.

The newly created ARTrium Gallery will host art work from the refugee arrived communities of Launceston and elsewhere in Tasmania in a specially dedicated new gallery space. "The Welcome Wall". The plight of refugees is paramount in our minds and we would like to be part of the celebrations that recognise the valuable contribution of the refugee arrived to the community during Refugee Week 2014.

Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by the refugee arrived to Australian society Mr Richards said.

Refugee Week is always held from Sunday to Saturday of the week which includes 20 June (World Refugee Day). This year, Refugee Week will be held from Sunday 15 June to Saturday 21 June.

The theme for Refugee Week from 2012 to 2014 has been 'Restoring Hope'

The theme reminds us that, while a refugee's journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope. Refugees flee their homelands not only because they fear persecution, but also because they have hope: they hope to find freedom from persecution, and safety and security for themselves and their families; they hope to be given a chance to start a new life and recover from past trauma.

"Resettlement in Tasmania and other parts of Australia provides a chance for refugees to enjoy all the freedom and opportunities this nation has to offer," Mr Richards said.

"Refugees settled in Launceston and other parts of Tasmania have overcome hardship to live, study and work here, and Refugee Week is a time to reflect on the contribution they have made to our community, economy and culture."

The LGH Visual Arts Committee is proud to have launched the Refugee Arrived  Welcome Wall at the ARTrium Gallery in support of talented artisans in the refugee arrived communities of Tasmania and a forthcoming exhibition "Restoring Hope" in our gallery space.