People tell me that we are living in very dark times and it is difficult to deny that. But let me shed a little light on some activities that BYDS have been engaged in over the last month that demonstrate what excellent, local artists can achieve with community, articulating a theme of ‘working together’ that will be permeating BYDS’ work for the next year or so.
I was really struck by Hadia Chaudhry’s poem, especially her emphatic last lines; it made me reflect that we are all in this place together, now and only now and we better make it as good as we can.
Tim Carroll, Director
Mashrabiya: Bankstown exhibition
A big thank you to everyone who turned up last Friday to the Bankstown launch of the Mashrabiya exhibition, our special guest was Ms. Heather Nesbitt, Social Sustainability Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission.
With the assistance of artists Hussein Nabeel and Pamela Maldonado, students from Sir Joseph Banks High School designed all inclusive and ‘occasionally’ sacred spaces. This event followed on from a talk by Peter Gould, Endriana Audisho, Hussein Nabeel and Pamela Maldonado at the NSW Institute of Architects looking at many aspects of Mosque design and contemporary culture. Congratulations to project coordinator, Anjali Roberts for bringing so many interesting partners together.
Westside – Truth and Mysteries
“I come from here
You come from there
They come from elsewhere
But we are all equal
No matter from where, who and what we are
Yes we are all equal
I know we are”
– Hadia Chaudhry, Year 6
Final edits are taking place for the next volume of the latest Westside. Text and visual artworks contributed by year 6 students from Bankstown Public will populate ‘Truth and Mysteries’. Keep an eye out as we launch the book!
4Elements: Bankstown Central Aerosol Exhibition
Afters many weeks of frame making and canvas cutting. The team at BYDS has finished framing all the art work from March’s 4Elements Hip Hop Festival.
A range of artworks up to 5 by 2 metres are now proudly on exhibition at Bankstown Central shopping centre for the next month before they are auctioned off, with the proceeds going towards next years 4Elements Hip Hop Festival.
BYDS would like to thank Bankstown Central, Bunnings and Ironlak – without their contributions, none of this would have been possible.
Special thanks to Bilal Hafda, Iman Etri and Travis Bush: literally hundreds of hours work on this great project. & FYI: Vyvienne Abla, 4Elements initiator, is currently in the UK at the ISME conference – this of course after addressing the French parliament about Hip Hop and social justice! Not to mention the biggest Bulldogs supporter, Mistery.
Linked Up: awards @ Bankstown Arts Centre
Ola Elhassan deserves huge congratulations for completing the LinkedUp project with a group of young Muslim men from Sir Joseph Banks High school. LinkedUp is a faith based leadership project that has, according to the school, had a profound and positive influence on all of the young men involved.
Thanks to all of our mentors throughout the program and Hazem El Masri, Jihad Dib MP, Khaled Itaoui and Murray Kitteringham (SJB High) and all who all attended the ceremony. BYDS looks forward to continuing this great collaboration with Ms El Hassan, a passionate and gifted facilitator and innovator.