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The Design Files Inaugural Annual Fundraiser raises funds for Melbourn...

The Design Files Inaugural Annual Fundraiser raises funds for Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Design Files Inaugural Annual Fundraiser raises funds for Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Design Files is hosting its first dedicated charity fundraiser event, a special exhibition of original artwork by 28 respected Australian artists running from 25–31 July.


Each artist has donated their work, with all proceeds going to Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), which provides much needed support and services to refugees and asylum seekers in the local community.

Greer Allen, the Key Support Coordinator of ASR says the money will support and strengthen many of their vital programs. “Because of our incredible team of over 1100 volunteers, the ASRC delivers $20 worth of life‐saving and empowering services for every $1 donated,” says Greer.

The Design Files aim to raise $50,000 for the ASRC. This donation has the potential to:

– Provide 100,000 hot lunches to asylum seekers.

– Stock groceries in the ASRC Foodbank with for 6 months, feeding 200 families per week.

– Supply medication for the ASRC Health Program for the entire year, supporting over 3000 medical appointments to asylum seekers without income or access to Medicare.

– Fund the position of the ASRC’s Legal Coordinator for 1 year, who manages the advice and representation to over 550 asylum seekers.

The Design Files’ editor, Lucy Feagins feels strongly connected to the ASRC. “The Aslyum Seeker Resource Centre create a welcoming environment and incredible support network for so many people working hard to make a second home for their families in Australia,” says Lucy. “With our focus on the importance of a sense of ‘home’, we are in awe of the incredible work the ASRC do to make those less fortunate feel welcome, supported and at home in Melbourne.”

Participating Artists include: Kirra Jamison  (VIC), Leah Fraser (NSW), Yvette Coppersmith (VIC), Julian Meagher (NSW), Miranda Skoczek  (VIC), Laura Jones (NSW), Laura Skerlj (VIC), Belynda Henry (NSW), Fred Fowler (VIC), Barbara Kitallides (VIC), Elizabeth Barnett (VIC), Emma Lipscombe (WA), Liam Snootle (VIC), Sandra Eterovic (VIC), Sarah Kelk (VIC), Sean Fennessy (VIC), Rachel Castle (NSW), Stephen Baker (VIC), Billie Justice Thomson (VIC), Leila Jeffreys (NSW), Emily Ferretti (VIC), Skye Jefferys (VIC), Lucas Grogan (VIC), Evi O (NSW), Jennifer Tyers (NSW), Madeline Kidd (VIC), Minna Gilligan (VIC), Anna Varendorff (VIC), Louise De Weger (QLD).

The Design Files Inaugural Annual Fundraiser is running from July 25 – 31.

Sunday 26 July, 11.00am to 3.00pm
Monday 27 July, closed
Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 July, 10.00am to 4.00pm

114 Little Oxford Street, Collingwood, Victoria

Artist Portrait by Annette O’Brien