The Design Files and Australian artists support Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

There’s a special art exhibition just around the corner that you do not want to miss — from 25 July until 1 August The Design Files will host its inaugural charity fundraiser event. The exhibition features original artwork by 28 respected Australian artists who have generously donated their work with all proceeds going to the Melbourne Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).

Today we have Lucy Feagins, Editor of The Design Files, with us to tell us more.

The Design Files and Australian artists

“The Melbourne Asylum Seeker Resource Centre provides much needed support and services to refugees and asylum seekers in our local community,” says Lucy.

It’s a cause close to my heart — my mum used to volunteer for them and I personally feel very strongly about how refugees and asylum seekers are treated

Making an event like this happen takes a lot of behind the scenes work, can you tell us about how you pulled the event together?

“In March this year we approached many of our favourite artists with the concept and were overwhelmed by the response — most artists could participate, offering to donate an original artwork to the cause.”

Those artists include Belynda Henry, Miranda Skoczek, Fred Fowler and Sarah Kelk.

Belynda Henry 'My Heart Skipped a Beat'
Belynda Henry ‘My Heart Skipped a Beat’

We wanted to ensure the exhibition would have something for everyone so we approached a good cross section of emerging and more established artists to curate the collection.

“There are works starting at $400 which is fantastic to collect and will only grow in value. The pieces are already available for presale so we’re now working on the logistics of going through all the emails of people interested in the pieces,” says Lucy.

Laura Jones 'Scarlet Banksia'
Laura Jones ‘Scarlet Banksia’

For anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to go to one of your exhibitions before, what can they expect?

“TDF Collect started last year and each exhibition we’ve done to date has featured an individual artist so this will be our first show exhibiting a range of artists, and our first charity event.

“Last year we moved into a new office space and converted a section into a white box gallery that will house the exhibition.

“The opening day will be a big and busy event where the founder of ASRC will say a few words. Everyone is welcome to attend the launch and we’ll have wine and cheese.

“Beyond that the exhibition will be open for another two weeks and will be a lot quieter, giving people a chance to enjoy the artworks — often at a launch it can be hard to see them!” laughs Lucy.

Rachel Castle 'Little Garden 3'
Rachel Castle ‘Little Garden 3’

“Our two friendly gallery staff will be there to talk about the artists and their work. It’s a no pressure environment where we want everyone to feel that they can come and visit and enjoy the space. For us, this event is also about promoting the artists who participate.”


Almost all of the art is available to view online for presale so get in quick if you’re interested.

Opening: 25 July 2015, 4-6pm
Exhibition: 25 July – 1 August 2015
Where: 14 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood VIC 3066

“The Design files is focused on supporting local and emerging talent and it’s great to support a cause that very much feels like a local initiative. The ASRC doesn’t get mainstream media attention so it’s great to help put a spotlight on their work,” says Lucy.

Emily Ferretti 'Gesture 18 (through)'
Emily Ferretti ‘Gesture 18 (through)’


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