Untitled submission by 5 year old

This picture was drawn by a five-year old Tamil asylum seeker, living in residential detention, and submitted via one of the detention home workers. The following statement was submitted with the picture: At the time [of doing the drawing] she was 5. Still in detention,…

New works from Michael Fikaris of Silent Army

We are thrilled to share with you two images donated by Michael Fikaris of Melbourne-based comic art collective Silent Army. Fikaris is a multi-disciplinary freelance artist who has recently collaborated with Safdar Ahmed of Sydney’s The Refugee Art Project to collate a 120 page comic art…

Safety by Zarah Hage

New submission from artist Zarah Hage, “Safety” (ink wash painting with brush and quill).   Zarah’s painting is available for purchase as a print on a range of merchandise–bags, books, t-shirts, etc on our Red Bubble site. All proceeds from these sales go to the…

Poetry & Illustration Collaboration

Dearest friends and co-conspirators,   It is with much joy that we resurface to share with you our first collaborative designs.   Inspired by the elegant words of Taija Marie, resident IBYFM artist Ry Wilkin worked his illustrative magic to come up with the vivid designs,…

A Haiku from Sydonia’s Dana Roskvist

  Waiting for Words that Don’t Exist by Dana Roskvist   A single soft word Breathed into a perfect mind Achieves more than war.   ————————————————- This is a haiku whispered in the Sydonia song, “Words.” Sydonia is an alternative rock/metal band hailing from Melbourne….

Illegal Like Lies

  Song written and performed by Jenny Fitzgibbon Animation by Corrie Wright   We are thrilled to share the first song and video submission to be received by IBYFM, “Illegal Like Likes”! Co-created by Queensland-based artists Jenny Fitzgibbon and Corrie Wright. Enjoy!      …

The Sea to the Desert in Wool

  by Brenna Jensen and the Castlemaine Community    “We are creating a woollen play rug to be given to children living in detention. It is a work in progress and represents the Australian landscape from sea to desert.” 300 cm x 70 cm  …

First Art Submissions!

We are thrilled to reveal the first set of artworks submitted to I’LL BE YOUR FIRST MATE!   The artists have donated these works to the IBYFM project, so you can purchase prints of them on stickers, t-shirts and more. Like all works available for purchase on…