The Harmony Art Collective returns for its second year in 2018, continuing the important work of celebrating diversity and fostering social cohesion in newly arrived migrant youth through the powerful medium of art.
A collaboration between Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), the Australian Government and aMBUSH Gallery, this nationwide initiative has engaged with more than 1,000 young participants aged between 15–24 since its inception, with each new location becoming part of a growing legacy.
In late 2017, four Australian artists known for incredible urban artworks – stenciller Luke Cornish (aka E.L.K.), mural master Georgia Hill, illustrator Jeremyville, and large-scale street artist Fintan Magee – embarked on a five-month national tour of local community centres in Darwin (NT), Westmead-Girraween (NSW), Wyndham (VIC), Mirrabooka (WA), Ipswich (QLD), and Salisbury (SA).
The artists conducted six workshops where, under their inclusive and relaxed guidance, a new wave of Australian youth felt empowered to create artworks that reflect cultural, political and social perspectives unique to their situation.
The 16 large-scale artworks produced deliver dynamic engagement between the general public and the migrant youth experience, and are simultaneously approachable and unifying.
The Harmony Art Collective fulfils the interests of social exchange and communication amongst the wider community by exploring who we are and who we could be through the eyes of our newest arrivals.
Luke Cornish (aka E.L.K.), Georgia Hill, Jeremyville, Fintan Magee