Welcome Walls is a grassroots initiative that brings together public artists and refugee communities to co-create messages of ‘welcome’ through striking mural designs.
Our mission is to provide a new and creative platform for public engagement through which we can realise a more equitable and cohesive society.
With the design phase of this project just behind us, we are ready to bring an explosion of colour to the streets of Western Sydney. Over the coming month, Sydney’s top public artists will be bringing to life the five designs created in our recent community design workshop. These designs, which celebrate the stories and diverse cultural heritage within our communities, will be painted on buildings several stories high, promising a huge impact on our cultural landscape. The public is invited to join us at each site to write their own messages of welcome into each mural.
Welcome Walls is our response to the xenophobia communicated by Australia’s migration policies, and aims to combat all forms of exclusion and racism that pervade our shared public spaces. We have chosen to change this narrative through the transformative power of public art.
Art is our universal voice. It enables us to transcend the borders, boundaries and barriers within our socio-political landscape and instead cultivate a peaceful and harmonious society. Welcome Walls blends activism and art (artivism) to create works that envision, communicate, and catalyse social change.
We hope to activate the artivist in each person with whom we work- including you!
Your generous donations will bring to life the five murals that we have designed with community, by community, and for community. The funds we raise will cover the costs required to paint these Welcome Walls (including painting equipment and painting materials for 5 large murals), plus a contribution to our amazing team of artists.
Funds will also cover the videography and photography costs required to make a post-production project video in order to share this journey with you. Digital media production will allow us to reach audiences far and wide and unlock the future potential of this campaign.
We believe that welcoming refugees in our country and communities is one of the most important contributions we can make to our society. We hope that you can please join us in making this message louder and clearer.