ARTillery is about making human rights activism more creative


We are a collective of creative activists from all around Australia that use the arts to campaign for human rights. On this site you can find resources and information about how you can get involved.

Campaign focus: Refugees in Australia


As populist politicians across the globe continue to promote fear, refugees are bearing the brunt of the attack on human rights. But in Australia, there is hope: the Manus Island detention centre has been declared illegal, the outcome of the Australia-US resettlement deals remains unclear and the public mood is turning. Now is the time to push to close the detention centres and develop a more humane approach to the people seeking help.

ARTillery has partnered with Brisbane-based artist Hesam Fetrati to help us raise awareness about the treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum by the Australian government. You may have seen his poster in your city bringing you to this website.



If you would like to take action to change the way Australia treats refugees and people seeking asylum, here are all the resources you'll need.

You can print out your own copies of Hesam's poster (as seen above) and put them up in your office, on your street or somewhere a lot of people will see it. But please only put it in places where it is legal to do so. If you have questions about that feel free to get in touch with us.

Hesam Fetrati poster A4
Hesam Fetrati poster A3
Hesam Fetrati poster A1

What we'd really like you to do though is help us to have conversations with people who are on the fence or don't really have a strong opinion on offshore processing of refugees. There are a lot of people out there we can talk to about this issue that aren't aware of the abuse and trauma that people seeking asylum face everyday.

This is why organisations like Amnesty International and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre have been developing resources to help us have more effective conversations to raise awareness. If the majority of people in Australia stand up against these policies we will be able to change them.

Amnesty International has set up a resources page which includes a conversation toolkit, petitions and more to help us campaign on this issue. You can find all of that here.

You can also share our online petitions with your network to help get the word out and keep an eye our for conversation workshops in your city being run by Amnesty International or Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

If you would like more information or have any questions please get in touch with us at artillery@amnesty.org.au. Thank you for your help, together we can win this!





Finding Freedom exhibition (Brisbane)

ASRC and Amnesty International are calling for entries of artworks for an exhibition during Refugee Week 2017 called Finding Freedom - artworks which are aspirational about what we want to create for people seeking asylum. Artworks should focus on the following ideas:

Seeking asylum is a basic human right and it is legal
All people have the right to live in peace and safety
Family, freedom and fairness are values we all share

Competition is open to all ages, 2D or 3D works. Judges and Prizes to be announced. Entry form and more details below. Contact is action.qld@asrc.org.au.


ENTRIES CLOSE June 1

ARTWORKS DUE June 9 at Jugglers Art Space

WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT EXHIBITION OPENING JUNE 16

Jugglers Art Space, 103 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley

Exhibition runs June 13-20. 10-4pm daily.


Download the entry form here

Please also read the competition guidelines

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