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During this time of public health emergency, good communication is fundamental, but some of Australia’s COVID-19 comms to non-English speaking communities has been poorly translated. Miscommunication like this disempowers communities who are particularly vulnerable in times of emergency.

In response, Re asked designers to translate instructional COVID-19 information into their own language, or their collaborator’s language, to create a poster that thoughtfully engages their community.

We received 48 poster submissions spanning 26 languages including Djambarrpuyngu, Cantonese, Assyrian, Tagalog, Arabic, Macedonian, Urdu and Thai. 150 people attended the opening and every poster was for sale on the night, with proceeds going to Connection Arts Space who work with creatives of asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds.