Recently, City of Parramatta Library and the Community Migrant Resource Centre worked together on a special project to highlight Refugee Week.
Refugee Week aims to raise awareness of issues affecting refugees and also celebrates contributions made by refugees to society. The Refugee Bookmark Project was a way to highlight both.
It took two months for five artists (from Afghanistan, India, Iran and Iraq) to produce pieces to be displayed on the bookmarks. The bookmarks allowed each artist an opportunity to showcase their artwork, at the same time revealing their personal experience as a refugee. A short biography and an image of each artist was also included.
The project, launched during Refugee Week at City of Parramatta Library provided the artists with time to talk about their experience and explain the meaning behind their artwork. There are currently five different bookmarks available from City of Parramatta Libraries, The State Library of NSW and some local community organisations.
This guest blog post is written by Sarah Hussein, Library Officer – Publcity, City of Parramatta Library.