They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories From Detention is an exhibition made up of dozens of short video and audio stories, based on the book of the same name. Two-dozen 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. The exhibition won a prestigious 2018 Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA) for best Temporary or Travelling Exhibition.
They Cannot Take the Sky is now touring regional Victoria!
January 13 – February 8
They Cannot Take the Sky, Geelong
February 17 – March 28
They Cannot Take the Sky, Bendigo
La Trobe Art Institute
March 16 – May 15
They Cannot Take the Sky, Shepparton
June 1 – July 10
They Cannot Take the Sky, Ballarat
Ballarat Welcome Centre
Thanks to our touring partner, Road to Refuge. Check out their website for more information about a series of poetry and photography workshops accompanying the tour.
This tour is supported by the Victoria Government through Creative Victoria.
If you know of a public space or institution that may be interested in hosting the exhibition, please contact us.
The exhibition was developed with Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, where it showed from March to July 2017. It also showed at the Gee Lee Wik Doleen Gallery in Craigieburn, from May to August 2018.
The exhibition was directed by a committee of our 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.