Stories About Hope

Stories about Hope on exhibition at the Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site in Wagga Wagga

Image: Transition, Renee Dixson

Discover the untold stories of hope in Australia's refugee community in their words.

Stories About Hope explores the human dignity, identity and strength in people from refugee backgrounds through photography and short films.

This exhibition celebrates the courage and resilience of people who have undertaken diverse journeys to Australia throughout different points in history, and through their stories, prove that your past does not define you and can give you strength to move forward with confidence.

Stories About Hope are created and produced by Renee Dixson, the multidisciplinary artist from a refugee background.

The exhibition has an associated book available for purchase. Profits from book sales will be donated to organisations working with people seeking asylum.

Stories About Hope is on exhibition at the Museum of the Riverina's Historic Council Chambers site, 20 June to 12 August 2018.

Exhibition opening

After three successful exhibitions in NSW and Victoria, we now invite you to join us in Wagga Wagga to celebrate the exhibition opening at the Museum of the Riverina. The exhibition will be on show until Sunday 12 August.

The opening night will feature a screening of a 35min film about the project, and Q&A with Renee Dixson, the artist and producer, and Tina Dixson, one of the project participants.

  • When: 5.00pm for 5:30pm start, Wednesday 20 June 2018
  • Where: Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site, corner Baylis and Morrow Streets, Wagga Wagga


#FightRight: How to best support people from refugee backgrounds

Workshop details

Sometimes to welcome refugees sounds more like a slogan rather a concrete set of actions. Welcome should be about doing: doing justice, solidarity and holding together.

The unfair treatment by our government of people seeking asylum is only possible because of an ongoing language of abuse that is designed to dehumanise and degrade, while erasing refugee perspectives. There’s an urgent need to cut through negative rhetoric, and shape a new conversation in Australia: starting by elevating the perspectives, opinions and untold stories of Australia's refugee community  in their words.

It is time for people with lived experience of seeking asylum to be at the heart of advocacy.

Join this unique discussion facilitated by Tina Dixson, a human rights activist, who sought asylum in Australia in 2012.

#FightRight gives participants practical pointers on how they can turn their good intentions into meaningful help. From art, journalism and to community support, #FightRight will equip you with the unique knowledge derived from both lived and professional experience. The workshop will teach you what should ‘to welcome refugees’ really mean.

Tickets for this workshop are strictly limited with places capped at 20 to ensure an intimate, in-depth atmosphere for discussion.

  • When: 5:00 for 5:30pm, Thursday 21 June 2018
  • Where: Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site, corner Baylis and Morrow Streets, Wagga Wagga
  • Cost: $15 + booking fee

Workshop 2

Regretfully, we have had to cancel Workshop 2: Being Queer and a Refugee. Refunds have been issued to ticket holders.