SIEV-X…and some were saved

Sat 15 – Sun 23 October 10am – 5pm daily at The Studio State Library of Queensland

two exhibitions to commemorate those who died at sea seeking refuge in Australia. They fled war and persecution in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka. They saw Australia as a peaceful safe place. Vast numbers died in the attempt to reach freedom……. lest we forget.

KATE DURHAM’S “SIEV-X…and Some were Saved”

Exhibition launch

by Julian Burnside AO QC

Sat 15 October 6pm

All welcome
RSVP as numbers limited to
P: 3013 0100
Kate Durham:

Artist, Sculptor, Refugee Advocate, Cartoonist, Illustrator, Designer

whose work has been shown in Japan, England, USA & Australia. Her art is represented in most of Australia’s State and National Galleries & the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Kate established, in 2001, “Spare Rooms for Refugees”. In June 2002, she traveled to Nauru with BBC undercover journalist Sarah Macdonald & provided the world’s first images of the detention camps & deprivation of Australia’s “Pacific Solution”. Kate & a team of letter-writers continued corresponding with those on Nauru & campaigning until the Nauru camps were closed. Kate’s Refugee advocacy inspired her exhibitions,

SIEV-X, “And everyone was an optimist” & now

“And some were saved”

“FLOATING” a supporting exhibition by artists from

refugee communities who came by boat


Wed 19 October 6.15pm exhibitions open prior

The Studio State Library of Queensland

On 19 October 2001 the tiny fishing boat dubbed SIEV-X sank between Indonesia and Australia. A total of 353 asylum seekers, 146 children, 142 women and 45 men drowned that night. The loss of refugee life at sea represents the unrecognized and often unknown casualties of war .

Representatives of refugee communities will provide

tributes, cultural performances and presentations

This event commemorates those who died and is a tribute to the courage, resilience and endurance of refugees who reached Australia by sea.

All welcome RSVP to E: or P: 3013 0100

Events for the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Refugee Convention,

the 50th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, SIEV-X 10th anniversary

See for further details and events flyers

Sat 15 Oct    Rally Reddacliffe Place 1pm P: 3392 3843 E:

Sat 15 Oct    Kate Durham artist’s talk 5pm The Studio State Library

Refugee artists’ talks at various times from 15-26 Oct, The Studio. Times tba

Sun 16 Oct     Sunshine Coast Uni forum 3-5pm Burnside, Curr, Steen & others P: 5445 3727

Mon 17 Oct    Ipswich Women’s Development Network 7pm dinner with Durham & Burnside

P: Rhonda 0417 644 955 E:

Sat 22 -23 Oct    Cultural Performances, The Studio 2-5pm open events See barc website for details

2 thoughts on “SIEV-X…and some were saved

  1. Volunteers needed says:

    Dear Friends,

    Two art exhibitions about and by refugees in Brisbane will be on show simultaneously at The Studio, State Library of Queensland, 15-23 October 2011 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the SIEV X drownings.

    I’m helping to co-ordinate volunteer sitters for these exhibitions. Can you help?

    Open: 10am to 5pm. Two half-day shifts (10am – 1.30pm and 1.30pm – 5pm) daily for volunteers.

    If you’d like to contribute as sitter, please add your name to roster and return it to me by Wednesday 12 October.

    If being sitter’s not a goer, you’re very welcome to attend the exhibition and the two events, detailed in attached flyer. Please feel free to send on flyer; we hope to have as many people as possible at exhibition and events.

    Many thanks.

    Tel: 3378-7852

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