Archibald Prize–winning artist Ben Quilty has assembled a heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of artworks by the most vulnerable victims of a brutal civil war into a book, Home: Drawings by Syrian Children. With a forward by Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan, and proceeds from the book going towards World Vision programs in the Middle East, it is an extraordinary testament to the resilience of a generation of survivors. Ben talks with Julian Burnside QC about the book and his experiences collating it in refugee camps across Europe.

This event is part of the Thinking Globally series, supported by UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

Ben Quilty (Australian)

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Ben Quilty lives and works in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Widely known for his thickly worked, gestural oil paintings, Ben has worked across a range of media including drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and film. His works often respond to social and political events, from the current global refugee crisis to the complex social history of Australia; he is constantly critiquing notions of identity, patriotism and male rites of passage. His latest book is Home: Drawings by Syrian Children.

Julian Burnside (Australian)

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Julian Burnside is a Melbourne barrister specialising in commercial litigation. He is a former President of Liberty Victoria, and has acted pro bono in many human rights cases, in particular concerning the treatment of refugees. He is the author of Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice, Wordwatching, Watching Brief, and Matilda and the Dragon. He compiled a book of letters written by asylum seekers held in Australia’s detention camps, published as From Nothing to Zero. In 2004 he was elected as a Living National Treasure, in 2009 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, and in 2014 he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.