Melbourne artist teams up with the Brotherhood on a thought-provoking awareness campaign


For Anti-Poverty Week the Brotherhood has released a limited edition tote bag, featuring a striking illustration by award-winning, multi-disciplinary artist Michael Fikaris.

Fikaris has generously contributed an illustration from his latest series, ‘End Points’, featuring two figures wearing gas masks to symbolise the struggle many people have to 'breathe easy' in society – a motif Fikaris has used in much of his art. He works with a range of media including comics, zines, murals and paintings, and is part of the community based collective, Silent Army.


The bag is available for purchase online for $20 if you pick up at our Fitzroy head office, or for $27.50 with postage. Proceeds from sales will be used for our programs and services which support disadvantaged and marginalised people, including young people seeking work, people with disability and refugees.

You can chose from two different image captions: 'Stronger Together' or ‘Fight Poverty'.

A young woman poses in front of a blue brick wall, holding an Anti Poverty Week Fight Poverty bag
Fight Poverty
A young woman poses in front of a blue brick wall, holding an Anti Poverty Week Stronger Together bag
Stronger Together

During Anti-Poverty Week all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship in Australia or overseas. Read more about our activities

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
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The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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