Artist Talks

Artist Talks

Join us for free artist talks at the Counihan Gallery.

Presented as part of the 2018 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Join exhibitors Paul Handley and Bryce Wilson as they discuss their exhibitions.


Les Voyageurs presents Paul Handley’s new major installation that addresses and challenges notions of déplacement and mass migration.

Travelling to the Greek Island of Lesvos, situated in the northern Aegean Sea the artist documented the piles of discarded life jackets from the estimated 500,000 refugees who made the dangerous journey across the waters from Turkey. The Island of Lesvos was one of the first European landing points for the thousands escaping the humanitarian crisis within the Middle East.

Against a photographic panorama, a large sculptural installation is presented consisting of 180 cheap and flimsy children's life - jackets sourced from China, typically like those supplied by people smugglers to Syrians seeking refuge.


After four years and over 10,000 deaths, conflict continues to threaten over 4,000,000 Ukrainians, at risk by daily artillery shelling and sporadic combat. The Donbas project examines the humanitarian impact of daily war in Ukraine’s east through the presentation of photographs and video work focused on the effects war has on its large civilian population.

Shot across four years and as many visits to the affected area, Bryce Wilson’s compelling images, accompanied by deeply moving stories, give a uniquely stark insight into a globally underreported humanitarian crisis. Over 1,700,000 people have been forced from their homes, and more flee each day.

Sign language thumbnail Auslan interpreters will be provided for this event 


Image previous page: Paul Handley, Untitled # 7 Lesvos 2016. Pigment print, 84 x 110 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Image bottom: Bryce Wilson. Untitled 1 2015. Black and white film negative, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

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Counihan Gallery In Brunswick
Phone: 9389 8622

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