2015-08-07 08_51_55-Invitation letter-COPY to artists - 2015 Art4Refugees-2.pdf - Adobe Acrobat ReadThis charity art exhibition and sale is the main annual fundraiser for the work of SCARF – Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families.

SCARF is a local volunteer-based organisation that supports refugee families who are establishing a new home and life in Wollongong and the Illawarra.

Our aim is to strengthen community connections between people from refugee backgrounds and the wider community, to promote social harmony and inclusion.

We survive on small grants, public donations and volunteer resources to carry out our work, which offers ongoing support to refugees after government help finishes. See our website for details of SCARF’s work.

The show takes place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September, at The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS), on Powell Street, Mangerton. All proceeds from sale of the artworks are used to continue offering SCARF programs and services.

Opening night on Fri 25th Sept is a ticketed event ($35) with a Champagne supper, and cultural performances from SCARF community members.

Opening night gives people wanting to buy art first pick of some beautiful pieces.

We are most grateful for your help in sharing this ‘call-to-artists’ Invitation and Registration Form.

Our website also has links to these documents.

2015 Art4Refugees Registration Form WORD

2015-08-07 08_33_09-Invitation letter-COPY to artists - 2015 Art4Refugees-2.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Read

2015-05-02 21_11_06-Questacon Transport Assistance Programme - Microsoft Word - __RemoteQuestacon recently opened a subsidised transport programme to support eligible disadvantaged groups to visit our Centre in Parkes, Canberra through our equity of access initiative.

The Questacon Transport Assistance Programme provides opportunity for disadvantaged groups to develop their interest in science and technology by visiting Questacon. We encourage groups to enjoy other national attractions on the day of their visit, noting any associated costs are not covered by the programme.

The QTAP covers the cost of coach hire or petrol for group travel to visit the Centre and is available each Financial Year until funds are exhausted. Openings are now available for groups to book for the period up to 30 June 2016. Questacon will reimburse the travel cost for an eligible group upon receipt of their travel invoice following their visit to the Centre. Eligible groups will also be entitled to reduced admission price at $7.50 per participant.
To be eligible, groups must be associated with a not-for-profit organisation and reside in proximity to Canberra suitable for day travel to Questacon. Groups may include members from diverse backgrounds that include:
•    Immigrants or refugees
•    Vulnerable or disadvantaged persons
•    Mental or physical disability
•    Aged care
•    Other disadvantaged groups deemed eligible by Questacon.

For more information please contact the QTAP Coordinator, Luke Hartley, on 02 6270 2893 or at

Judi Hubner
Manager, Client and Workforce Strategy
T: 02 6270 2909
Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
A Division of the Commonwealth Department of Industry and Science
King Edward Terrace Canberra
PO Box 5322 Kingston ACT 2604 Australia

Charity Art Show to Support New Refugee Mothers’ Literacy Skills

Your donation to this year’s annual ART4refugees fundraiser will help ensure refugee mothers with young children don’t miss out on English classes, a critical component of the resettlement process.  This innovative program is to be run by the award-winning Wollongong charity SCARF (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families).

“Mothers of infant children often have to forego attendance at English classes for 12-24 months as they care for their child”, SCARF program coordinator Sharyn Mackenzie said. “This program will impact them in a targeted and positive way by addressing their specific language and child care requirements in its program design”.

ART4refugees will be held this year at The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) over the weekend of 27th to 29th September.  Organisers are now calling for donations of art works and will happily accept paintings, photographs, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and ceramics.  Artworks can be donated by the artist themselves or by someone wanting a piece they own to go to a new home.

Artists include ceramicist Susan Smith (pictured), whose works are a sell out every year, as well as works by Paul Ryan, Sallie Moffatt and Idris Murphy.
For more information see

Benita Andrews 0417 166 011
Jane Coburn  0402 888 126