In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru between 2013 and 2015. 

These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government. Despite the harrowing nature of the files, the centre continues to operate as before – the conditions remain and the abuse is ongoing. 

In the total absence of media access to the island, our objective is to illustrate these stories through creative expression, using art to shed light on all we can’t see.

register your interest

Whatever your discipline - painting, sculpture, photography, dance, installation, film, music, theatre - we would love you to illustrate a file. The full list of files can be read here, on The Guardians' website. Please register your interest now and we will get back in touch when the project is ready to launch in January 2017 .

The final works will all be showcased online and through social media.

This is a not for profit project so we aren't offering fees for the commissions, however you will be fully credited in all forms and reproductions of your work.

Please join us in this endeavour.