Inaugural Annual Fundraiser | an Exhibition for the ARSC

 
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In July 2015, for the first time, The Design Files will host its first dedicated charity fundraiser event, a special exhibition of original artwork by 28 respected Australian artists. 
Each artist has generously donated their work, with all proceeds going to Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which provides much needed support and services to refugees and asylum seekers in the local community.

‘This fundraiser will support and strengthen many of our vital programs. Because of our incredible team of over 1100 volunteers, the ASRC delivers $20 worth of life-saving and empowering services for every $1 donated’ says Greer Allen, Key Support Coordinator, ASRC.

The exhibition aims to raise over $40,000 for the ASRC. This donation could provide :

•    100,000 Hot Lunches to asylum seekers
•    Groceries for the ASRC Foodbank for 6 months, feeding 200 families per week.
•    Medication for the ASRC Health Program for the entire year, supporting over 3000 medical appointments to asylum seekers without income or access to Medicare.
•    Funding for the position of the ASRC’s Legal Coordinator for 1 year, who manages the advice and representation to over 550 asylum seekers.

At The Design Files, we feel strongly connected to the ASRC.  ‘The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre create a welcoming environment and unrivalled support network for so many people working hard to make a second home for their families in Australia,’ says Lucy, editor of The Design Files.  ‘With our focus on the importance of a sense of ‘home’, we are in awe of the incredible work the ASRC do to make those less fortunate feel welcome, supported and at home in Melbourne.'

This inaugural fundraiser exhibition also provides a unique opportunity for local art enthusiasts to invest in some of Australia’s most collectible young artists at an accessible price point.

Participating Artists

Kirra Jamison (VIC), Leah Fraser (NSW), Yvette Coppersmith (VIC), Julian Meagher (NSW), Miranda Skoczek(VIC), Laura Jones (NSW), Laura Skerlj (VIC), Belynda Henry (NSW), Fred Fowler (VIC), Barbara Kitallides (VIC), Elizabeth Barnett (VIC), Emma Lipscombe (WA), Liam Snootle (VIC), Sandra Eterovic (VIC), Sarah Kelk (VIC), Sean Fennessy (VIC), Rachel Castle (NSW), Stephen Baker (VIC), Billie Justice Thomson (VIC), Leila Jeffreys (NSW), Emily Ferretti (VIC), Skye Jefferys (VIC), Lucas Grogan (VIC), Evi O (NSW), Jennifer Tyers (NSW), Madeline Kidd (VIC), Minna Gilligan (VIC), Anna Varendorff (VIC), Louise De Weger (QLD).

 
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