When our founding member, Mehdi Jaghuri (MJ), moved from Afghanistan to Australia at age 14, art was a tool to gain confidence, connect with others and share his experience of seeking refuge.
MJ’s idea – to start a gallery that could provide the community with greater access to art – was made a reality when C.A.S opened in November 2015 with the help of fellow artists and friends: Andrew Duong, Genevieve Townsend, Mo Chamas, Michelle Clarke, Tahlia Megele, Daniel Kerrison, Shariff Muidul and many others.
In our first year, organisations and schools approached us wanting to run workshops and other projects. We also connected with many artists and art-loving people who became volunteers or participants in our projects. CAS has since flourished to become the multifaceted community-focused arts organisation that it is today.