Iraqi-Australian community celebrations ahead

Published Monday, 17th April 2017

Shanasheel

Western Sydney’s Iraqi-Australian artist community will have works featured at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery as part of a new exhibition launching 13 May.

In partnership with the Iraqi Australia Graduate Forum, Shanasheel is an immersive exhibition and program of events at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery that embraces the practices of Iraqi-Australian artists living and working in Western Sydney.

“Translated from Iraqi, Shanasheel refers to a traditional balcony in Iraqi architecture that connects the private home with the streetscape,” said featured artist Yuhana Nashmi.

Shanasheel links with the memories of featured artists, tied to homeland, culture and identity, once again linking what might normally be private to public space.”

The launch celebrations on 13 May will be run in conjunction with the opening of the Iraqi Cultural Festival and will feature highlights of Iraqi culture and tradition with music, dance, performance, food and more.

“The partnership of Fairfield City Museum and Gallery with the Iraqi Cultural Festival and other associated organisations is a superb opportunity to showcase the vibrant and embracing culture shared by many Iraqi-Australians in the region,” said Firas Naji, Iraqi Cultural Festival Coordinator.

A number of free upcoming events at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery form part of the Iraqi Cultural Festival, including:
Disability/Refugee art workshop, Saturday 3 June, 1pm.
Iraq on Film, Saturday 1 July, 1pm.
Iraqi youth ideas and art production forum, Saturday 15 July, 1pm.

Shanasheel launches in conjunction with the Iraqi Cultural Festival on Saturday 13 May, 2pm, at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery and will run until 9 September. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by Friday 12 May.

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery is located at 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield and can be contacted on 9725 0190 or via www.facebook.com/FairfieldCityMuseumGallery