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Harbinger’s John Armstrong continues to work with two community-based arts and cultural organisations in Brisbane – Creative Conversations and Art from the Margins. This involvement reflects his commitment to cultural diversity and social inclusion through creative engagement and artistic practice.

He has been providing mentoring, advice and curatorial assistance to Creative Conversations, a group that supports artists with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Art is a powerful means of sharing stories and understanding about these experiences. Creative Conversations will be holding an exhibition and a series of performances and artists talks at the State Library, commencing on 31 May.

Creative Conversations presents ‘making sense with art’ at The Studio, State Library of Queensland. This exhibition is unique in that it brings together 18 artists and many performers with a refugee background who now call Australia home. Originating from countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Guatemala, they tell their personal stories through art, video, poetry readings and live music.

Program of Live Performances

Saturday 31 May, 2pm
Formal opening of ‘making sense with art’ by the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO

Sunday 1 June, 2-4pm
Mesmerising mix of reggae, funk and soul by Tari Hujan, fronted by songwriter Hannaka
Artists’ talks – Alberto Castillo from Guatemala and Barat Ali Ghulam Reza from Afghanistan
Lyrical poetry readings inspired from the heart by Abdul Ibrahimi and Sadiq Sadiqi
Nigerian folkloric songs by Kojaja Osman

Saturday 7 June, 2-4pm
Sudanese Sufi – Asim Gorashi, a multi-instrumentalist will perform the oud, rababa and violin
Persian dancing by artist Elaheh Talebi
Artists’ talks – Towfiq Alqudy from Iraq, Magda Labuda from Poland and Kojaja Osman from Nigeria

Sunday 8 June 2-4pm
Tichawona Noble Mashawa, composer, singer, guitarist and player of the Zimbabwean mbira will share the colours and flavour of Africa
Artists’ talks – Maryanne Awasi from Sudan and  Mobarak Nazari from Afghanistan
More poetry readings by Abdul Ibrahimi and Sadiq Sadiqi

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As a Board member, John has had a long term involvement with Art from the Margins, a program of the Wesley Mission that supports Outsider Artists and explores the relationship between arts and wellbeing for people with disabilities and mental illness. One of the highlights of Art from the Margins is the Brisbane Festival Exhibition. This year the exhibition will be held in Brisbane City Hall between Thursday 11 September and Sunday 14 September.

Submissions from artists are currently invited. If you would like to be part of the 2014 exhibition please send an official entry form by Monday 16 June. Please submit your entry as soon as possible as Art from the Margins is expecting many many artists to enter their work – previous years have attracted several hundred entries – which will be in the running for prizes across several categories including professional development opportunities. There are no entry fees or commission on sales. The artist entry form is available from the Art from the Margins website.

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