Migration Stories

Lismore Art Space is hosting a community screening of ELLIS, a short film by JR starring Robert De Niro about the stories of immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island! Nov 17th 6.30pm. Join us for the premier of ELLIS and get involved in the accompanying exhibition.


Where did you come from? Where are you now?

Did you have ancestors come through Ellis Island or immigrate to another country? Share on social media & include your #ELLISstory here: http://www.ellis-themovie.com/share

COMMUNITY ART ENGAGEMENT – We are inviting ANYONE in the local community and AUSTRALIA-wide, or INTERNATIONALLY ….to participate in this event by telling their own personal or ancestral migration stories on a postcard and post it to us at the ArtSpace – this could be in the form of text, poetry or image/photo as long as it is postcard sized. (Approx. A6 size)

We hope to put together a collection of stories that create a snapshot of these experiences and they will be exhibited alongside the film screening.

SEND YOUR POSTCARD to 1 NORRIS STREET LISMORE NSW 2480 AUSTRALIA. Locals feel free to drop them in our letterbox! Due by 17th NOV.

We welcome artists, designers, poets, writers, photographers – or anyone at all with a migration story to tell. Especially those of us who have been here in Australia for only a generation or less…! Creatively inclined or not, get involved!

FREE FILM SCREENING of ELLIS – 17th November, 6.30pm

ELLIS awakens our collective memory, taking you back to the early years of Ellis Island through the experience of one immigrant.

Set in the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex and using JR’s UNFRAMED art installations, ELLIS tells the forgotten story of the immigrants who built America. It is the story of the ghosts of our countries past, the individuals who fled poverty, discrimination, and dictatorships, for a chance at a new life and eerily foreshadows the plight of those who currently seek the same opportunities and safety in this country and other parts of the world.

The short narrative film stars Academy Award® Winner Robert De Niro, is written by Academy Award® Winner Eric Roth, and is directed by the artist JR.
For more information, please visit the film’s website: http://www.ellis-themovie.com/.

DATE: TUES Nov. 17th
6.30 PM
1 Norris St, Lismore NSW
BYO: Cushions & Refreshments
 17th – 24th Nov.


For more info just email us – info@lismoreartspace.net.au