They Cannot Take The Sky: Stories From Detention - Behind the Wire

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Behind the Wire is an award-winning oral history project documenting the stories of the men, women and children who have been detained by the Australian government after seeking asylum in Australia. The project was founded in 2014 with the aim of bringing a new perspective on mandatory detention: the reality of the people who have lived it.

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories From Detention was held at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum from March - July 2017.

The exhibition is made up of dozens of short video and audio stories, in which people tell about their journey, their experiences in immigration detention and their life after release - or, for those who remain in offshore detention, their hopes for the future, despite their ongoing incarceration.

At Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery is hosting this exhibition to mark Refugee Week 2018.  This exhibition will be have a strong interactive component – encouraging new residents in Hume to tell their stories of seeking asylum in Australia.

The exhibition is directed by a committee of narrators and other people with lived experience of immigration detention. The exhibition was awarded the Contribution to Multiculturalism by a Community Organisation Award at the 2017 Melbourne Awards..

Behind the Wire was also granted the 2016 Oral History Victoria Community Innovation Award and The Messenger podcast won the Grand Award at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Awards and Best Radio – Documentary at the UNAA Media Awards.


Thursday 31 May - 5 August, 2018

Opening event: Tuesday 19 June, 6 - 7.30pm

Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

Monday – Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm - 4pm

*Not open on public holidays

Updated : 10:12 AM, 14 February 2018

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