New Art at Newtown’s ArtSeat

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

A new work by the non-profit community art and cultural development organisation, Refugee Art Project is the next to feature at Inner West Council’s ArtSeat

‘Futureworlds’ is comprised of different drawings by multiple refugee participants who attend art workshops at Council’s artist studio at Thirning Villa in Ashfield.

Safdar Ahmed, Director of Refugee Art Project, said participants include men, women and children from Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Kurdish areas of the Middle East.

“The drawings for this project are in response to the question, 'What does the future hold?',” Safdar said.

“We have invited refugees to expansively imagine this on their own terms.

“Their pen and black ink drawing were then scanned and coloured in photoshop.

“The result is visually very striking,” Safdar said.

Council’s ArtSeat is a permanent structure in Newtown Square that provides local, emerging and established artists with a space where experimental and non-commercial art can be showcased.

Incorporating public seating and lighting, the ArtSeat is also a landmark meeting point.

‘Futureworlds’ will be installed on Wednesday, 9 October from 8am.

Media are invited to attend. Contact the Communication team for more details or for a print quality image.

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath | Media and Communications Coordinator P: +61 2 9392 5334 | E:


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