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Art classes for newly arrived refugees delivered in Logan

Art classes for newly arrived refugees delivered in Logan

On April 30, BEMAC launched free art classes for refugees living in Logan.

BEMAC has engaged multi-disciplinarian Italian fine artist Ivanoe Fodaro, whose work has been exhibited around the world, to deliver the program.

Since receiving his formal training as a fine artist in Italy, Ivanoe has taught, worked and exhibited all over the world. His experience encompasses working as the Art Director and Painting Team Manager of D’Après Art Museum in Rome, as well as developing and teaching an art instruction course at Rockhampton TAFE Art Department.

BEMAC Director Evan Alexander said as the arts arm of south east Queensland’s award-winning not-for-profit refugee resettlement agency AccessBEMAC was stoked to be delivering arts classes to newly arrived refugees.

“Research into the positive effects engaging in creative and arts-led practices has on the psychological, physical and social wellbeing of refugees undergoing resettlement in a new country after the traumatic experience of displacement is unequivocal,” he said.

The five-week program, which will see participants introduced to painting, and a number of techniques employed in the practice  will culminate in an event, whereby the finalised work of each participant will be showcased.