Under the Common Pavilion with WORK-SHOP
We’re not talking about the love heart shapes your favourite barista leaves in your morning latte. Coffee painting is a technique that uses instant coffee as paint to create striking artworks, using a technique somewhat similar to that used with watercolour. Coffee painting begun with refugee & asylum seeker artists in Australian immigration detention centres who, unable to easily access paints and other art materials, learned to use what was available to them. It is now an art style symbolic to the refugee journey and has been used to convey the journey experienced by thousands of people seeking asylum through art.
*This class is part of a new workshop series ‘Art From The World,’ an initiative led by Work-Shop and Welcome Studio.
Alwy Fadhel is a Welcome Studio artist, an art-based social enterprise partnering with people seeking asylum to create positive social change and spread a message of ‘welcome’. Welcome Studio artists are from refugee backgrounds or are currently seeking asylum in Australia. They bring and share art and craft skills from their own cultures and experiences that enrich our Australian culture and society. Profits from these workshops will fund community projects and art workshops with Sydney’s refugee community. Find more on Welcome Studio at www.welcomestudio.com.au