Locked Out

Locked Outlocked out dinner plate

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Fundraiser

Limited edition Locked out ceramic artwork plate.
Sale price $100 each plate (Edition of 200)

All sales are to be donated to the ASRC, with tax deductible receipts issued

Linked in is the world’s largest professional network and boasts in excess of 300 million members. I have developed an alternative to Linked in, called Locked out.

Locked out is however not a professional network, it is about the refugee crisis and the reality of being Locked out. As the Syrian crisis has erupted in 2015, the global number of refugees has surged from approximately 30 million to almost 60 million. Almost all these people have been displaced by conflict and the world is currently facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II (Al Jazeera, 18 June 2015). The convenient solution to this problem has been for many countries to simply close the door. My Locked out installation (see Arts Open) has been created using Dudson commercial grade French-made porcelain dinner plates, each plate emblazoned with a small Locked out logo fired decal. These plates are a salient reminder, indeed a wall trophy or souvenir, reminders of the Locked out status affecting many millions of refugees.

Locked Out exhibtion: Old Castlemaine Gaol

Locked Out exhibtion: Old Castlemaine Gaol

The food-safe decals have been individually applied to each plate (by me), hand-editioned and signed (by me) before being fired at 820 degrees at La Trobe University’s ceramics department in Bendigo. In an edition of 200, each plate is for sale for a donation of only $100 to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne. The ASRC is Australia’s largest asylum seeker advocacy, aid and health organization promoting and protecting the human rights of asylum seekers and is a non-profit organisation.

Plates can be purchased simply by making a $100 donation directly to the ASRC – HERE and typing ‘Purchase of a Helen Bodycomb Locked Out plate’ in the comments box. You will be receipted automatically by the ASRC for your donation by email.

By showing your receipt (helen@helenbodycomb.com or text to 0413 278 793), your plate can then be collected directly from Helen’s studio at Lot 19 in McShanag’s Lane ( by appointment) or from the Castlemaine Art Gallery, Castlemaine. Alternatively, for an additional $15 for Victorian purchasers or $25 for elsewhere in Australia (deposited to my account BSB 704 191, account no 151042) your plate can be safely packaged and mailed to your home with Australia Post.

You can hang your souvenir plate on your wall as part of your art collection or the hanging system can be easily removed if you wish to use your Locked out plate for fine dining.

Purchase a plate and donate to ASRC here…