Sanctuary Sacred Art Exhibition

16 February 2017 | General Interest

All proceeds to 'Operation Safe Havens', offering Syrian-Christian refugees sanctuary in Australia. Sponsored by the Barnabas Fund

sanctuary ursula betkaUniversity lecturer and Iconographer, Dr Ursula Betka, with the support of the administrators of the Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre, is selling most of her hand-painted Icons to raise funds to bring Syrian-Christian refugees to Australia through the Barnabas Fund.

Christians in Syria and Iraq face more than the Syrian civil war or the Iraqi insurgency. They are also targets of the anti-Christian genocide being carried out by IS and other rebel groups. They cannot live in the camps runs by the international aid agencies because of Islamist persecution.

Through Operation Safe Havens, Barnabas Fund has rescued 450 Christians so far, flying them from the Middles East to start a new life in Australia. Many more are desperate to make this journey. The government is giving visas but they really need your help.

“Dr Ursula Betka teaches medieval Art History at La Trobe University. She has published in the history and artistic patronage of Italian confraternities in Italy, with an emphasis on the illuminated hymn-books and devotional panel-paintings of the fourteenth century. Ursula is also a practicing artist, working with the painting and gilding methods of the workshops of medieval and Renaissance Italy.” Source

The exhibition runs from Saturday 11th February to Thursday 2nd March 2017. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Sanctuary Sacred Art by Ursula Betka

Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre
362 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Exhibition Open: Saturday, 11 February to Thursday 2 March 2017

Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Closed Sundays

For more information please contact MMHC on (03) 9926 9300.