Art | Exhibition

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention


An exhibition of personal stories from people who have sought asylum in Australia and have been detained by the Australian Government under its mandatory detention policy. They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention was developed by Behind the Wire and a volunteer reference committee of individuals with lived experience of seeking asylum, in collaboration with the Immigration Museum.

Hear about the reasons people flee their homes, their perilous journeys in search of safety, the banality of daily life in detention, and the afterlives – both lived and hoped for – of people resettling in Australia.

Behind the Wire is an award-winning oral history project documenting stories from detention. Their book, They Cannot Take the Sky, was launched this year, along with a podcast, The Messenger.

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17 March 2017 until 2 July 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Immigration Museum

Presented by
Behind the Wire and the Immigration Museum

Exhibition Dates
Friday 17 March – Sunday 2 July

Opening Hours
10am – 5pm daily

Adults $14
Concession/ Children Free

Tickets available from The Immigration Museum

Accessible for all abilities

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