Work-Shop's latest series of classes don't just impart new skills upon eager participants, but also share the traditions and insights of a specific group of teachers. Called Art from the World, the sessions stem from a collaboration with art-based social enterprise Welcome Studio, with each workshop taught by artists from refugee backgrounds or who are currently seeking asylum.
Running throughout September and October, the classes will combine creativity, connection and culture, covering a broad range of topics. Discover the art of coffee painting with Alwy Fadhel, who learned the skill while in Australian immigration detention; drink Persian tea and fashion up some felt animals with Iranian teacher Hilin Kazemi, and make micro-macramé jewellery with the Tehran-born Azadeh Zolfigol. Other sessions will cover political cartooning with roots in Syria and Jordan, and storytelling traditions from Sierra Leone.
"Through partnering with these artists, we hope the workshops will continue the spread a positive messages of welcome to all new Australians," says Welcome Studio co-founder Joel Steller. The sessions will be held at Work-Shop's Redfern HQ, with tickets starting from $45.