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Proudly hosted by SCARF

Hand in Hand is a significant cultural and community event hosted by SCARF. SCARF is a local community organisation helping to build a sense of belonging for refugee entrants settling in the Illawarra region.

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In 2019, Hand in Hand celebrated its 10th anniversary in Wollongong during Harmony Week

Hundreds of supporters came through the doors from March 21 – 24 at Project Contemporary Artspace to help raise funds for SCARF at the 2019 Hand in Hand art exhibition held during Harmony Week this year. Harmony Week is all about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

This year the event celebrated its 10th anniversary and over 100 works of art were donated in a range of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and ceramics and featured in this year’s exhibition.

All proceeds from ticket and artwork sales support SCARF programs for children, youth and adults from refugee backgrounds.

SCARF has over 250 volunteers and offers seven programs to help recently settled refugees and their families to overcome barriers in their settlement journey.

Refugees face a range of social barriers and challenges during resettlement in a new country. By creating connections and generating opportunities, SCARF helps individuals and families to establish a sense of belonging, experience social and economic inclusion and access the tools for self-empowerment and independence.

Thanks to the generosity of contributing artists, supporters and volunteers, Hand in Hand 2019 attracted over 250 visitors to the exhibition, supported 5 emerging artists from refugee backgrounds to share their works with the wider public alongside over 50 local established artists, and raised more than $12,000 for SCARF!  We also held a free Family Day of arts and crafts activities, bringing together people from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds to promote harmony and inclusion.

We’re also excited to announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award for Hand in Hand 2019. The winner is Mr Peete Jowanie for his work ‘Generations to Generation’. Congratulations Peete!

And a big thank you to our performers who entertained us during opening night Catalina Dermenjian and Kate Cillekens.

Once again, thank you for your support!

2019 was the 10th year anniversary

Hand in Hand is a unique charity art exhibition where proceeds from the sale of donated artworks directly supports SCARF programs for refugee children, youth and adults starting a new life in the Illawarra. 2019 was the 10th year celebrating this event.

Acclaimed artists

Acclaimed artists such as Archibald Prize short-listed Paul Ryan, Auguste Blackman, Sallie Moffatt, Blak Douglas, Glen Preece and Dr George Gittoes are among the hundreds of artists who have supported the exhibition in previous years.


Tickets for the 2020 Hand in Hand Opening Night being held in March will be available soon.


SCARF is inviting artists to donate significant works of art to be displayed in Hand in Hand 2020.


Help us grow Hand in Hand to reflect a new goal of showcasing more artists from refugee background