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Welcome Creative Hub

Mon 8th Apr, 5:30 pm - Mon 10th Jun 2019, 7:30 pm


$100 AUD + BF

$100 AUD + BF

Settlement Services International

Welcome Creative Hub

Date and Time

Mon 8th Apr, 5:30 pm - Mon 10th Jun 2019, 7:30 pm


Community Refugee Welcome Centre
504 Wharf Road, Lillyfield

Event description

You’re invited… to participate in creative workshops at the Welcome Creative Hub leading up to Refugee Week 2019 celebrations.

The creative works produced during the filmmaking and puppetry workshops will be showcased at the SSI New Beginnings Winter Festival as part of Open Inner West.

The Welcome Creative Hub is a project run by the Community Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC) in close collaboration with Settlement Services International (SSI) and is supported by funding from the Inner West Council.

CRWC is a partnership between the Justice and Peace Office of Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Inner West Council and SSI.

All creative workshops will run for 10-weeks between April 8 - June 10, 2019.

Workshops will be run weekly on Mondays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

All workshop dates:

Mon 8th Apr, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 15th Apr, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 29th Apr, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 6th May, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 13th May, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 20th May, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 27th May, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 3rd Jun, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 10th Jun, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Through a series of workshops, learn how to create dolls, handbags and other handicrafts from scratch.

From recycled materials, you will combine your creativity and innovation to produce your unique products.

Workshop facilitator and Iranian artist and engineer Majid Rabet will pair technology with art during the Create-A-Puppet workshops, using innovation to help others to develop their art projects. Derived from the workshops your creative projects and works will form part of a permanent art installation featured at the Centre.

In 2019, the Festival will showcase the outcomes of the Welcome Creative Hub at the Community Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC). Derived from a series of creative workshops, participants’ projects and works will form part of a permanent art installation featured at the Centre.

Creative artist and tailor Elham Marvi will teach workshop participants how to make and create their dolls.

Course components

• Create dolls and other handicrafts

• Produce your bespoke creative project

• Form part of a permanent art installation for the Centre


• Knowledge of how to create dolls and other handicrafts

• Develop your creative project plan

• Bring to life your creative projects

About the facilitators

Elham Marvi

Elham Marvi has a bachelor degree in IT. She also has a certificate in tailoring and bridal wear and worked as a professional dressmaker and artist in Iran.

Combining her wide-spanning skills, she takes a unique approach to artmaking to create outstanding artworks, handicraft and clothes.

When Elham sought asylum in Australia in 2013, she was among the first group transferred to Nauru. There were no toys to keep children busy, so she started to make dolls with the unused clothes they were given on Christmas Island.

Harnessing her entrepreneurial spirit during a harsh and challenging time, Elham started to teach women on Nauru how to make dolls.

With her social initiative, she engaged parents in meaningful activity and assisted them to cope with the harsh situation on Nauru. While she brought back childhood joy to children detained on Nauru, her dolls become a part of the history for people who have been on the island.

Majid Rabet

Iranian refugee, artist and engineer Majid Rabet pairs technology with art and helps others produce their creative projects.

Majid’s artistic practice began after arriving in Australia in 2010 and spending two years detained in immigration centres. He uses art as a form of therapy to overcome the trauma that he has suffered as a refugee.

His first touchstone with a local arts organisation in Australia was the Refugee Art Project.

While spending time in Villawood, Refugee Art Project came to visit him, and he began working with the limited mediums available to him. The tools he made then, are now in the Powerhouse Museum, including a paintbrush that he made with hair from a local cat who befriended him.

F.I.Y. (Film It Yourself)

Learn how to F.I.Y. (Film It Yourself) with professional videographers Ali Azeez and Mohammed Alanezi.

You’ll gain the skills to create and shoot films through a smartphone and small DSLR camera.

Discover how to develop a concept or idea, and bring your creative vision to reality through film.

The SSI New Beginnings Winter Festival will showcase the outcomes of the Welcome Creative Hub at the Community Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC) in June 2019.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your short films as part of the Screening Hub at the Festival.

Course components

•    How to use the shutter speed

•    Lens type and how you can choose the frame for film

•    Lighting

•    Sounds

•    Tripods and slider


•    Shooting a film independently on camera

•    Knowledge of best practice for both indoor and outdoor lighting

•    Script and storyboard

•    Sounds

• Basic editing on Adobe Premiere

Feature your film at the Screening Hub at the SSI New Beginnings Winter Festival

    About the facilitators

    Ali Azeez

    Ali Al Azeez is an Iraq born filmmaker with ten years’ experience in creating short films. Back in Iraq, together with his film school peers, Ali formed a film-making outfit called TigerScope. The group made their first film called War Child in 2010. Since, Ali continues to work with his peers and other filmmakers to create at least one short film a year, including Old Children (2011), Spotlight (2012), Off Side (2013). In 2015, Ali won an award at the Baghdad International Film Festival for Link, which was set in Iraq during the war and terrorism crisis.

    In November 2015, Ali moved to Australia as a refugee. Here, he was inspired to make a short documentary called Without Borders, which celebrated a multicultural Australia. His second short film in the country is called LifeJacket – a fictional story based on real-life experiences of people who arrive in Australia by boat and find themselves stuck in limbo due to personal traumas and cultural differences.

    Ali is currently working on a feature film idea about the war in Iraq.

    Mohammed Alanezi

    Mohammed Alanezi is a multidisciplinary artist working in the areas of photography, performance, film and graphic design. Alanezi has made the most of the opportunities presented to him since arriving in Australia in 2013, having majored in theatre at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Basrah in Iraq. His body of work mostly focuses on performance, film and photography, having exhibited in many venues across western Sydney, including the Campbelltown Arts Centre, Blacktown Art Centre and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. In 2016, Alanezi received the Contemporary Award in the Annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize for his collaborative work with Ludwig El Haddad. He recently featured in the film Ali’s Wedding directed by Jeffrey Walker with cinematography by Donald McAlpine, which was screened in Australian cinemas. Alanezi hopes to contribute to the diverse Australian film and theatre industry with the aim of one-day directing feature films and plays.



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