They say a picture is worth a thousand words; never has that been truer than of Sydney not-for-profit exhibition 'If You Can Tell a Story'. The biennial fundraising exhibition sees fifty of Australia and New Zealand's leading contemporary artists donate artworks to the Sydney Story Factory, a creative writing centre for young children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

This year's exhibition will feature art works by Del Kathryn Barton, Fiona Lowry, James Powditch, Reg Mombassa, Blak Douglas, Euan Macleod, Tony Albert, Narelle Autio, Joshua Yeldham, Abdul Abdullah and the recent Archibald Prize winner, Mitch Cairns.

"The exhibition begins a wonderful discussion around words, images and, of course, creativity" explained Dr Keenan, co-founder of the Sydney Story Factory. The creative centre aims to nurture and develop the creativity and literacy skills of thousands of marginalised primary and high school students.

James Powditch, finalist in the Moran Prize 2016 frequent Archibald Prize finalist says "The Sydney Story Factory changes the lives of marginalised young people through creative writing and storytelling. I'm thrilled to be able to offer an artwork that could potentially help thousands more children benefit from the program".

Over the past six years, the exhibitions have raised over $150,000 for the Sydney Story Factory. All proceeds from this year's auction will be used to fund the Sydney Story Factory's free creative writing programs in Redfern and the new Parramatta centre which is due to open in 2018.

The exhibition will take place at Backstage in East Sydney (99 Crown Street, East Sydney, entry via Crown Lane) from Wednesday, August 30 - Saturday, September 2. Artwork will be for sale by silent auction in the gallery and online from 10:00am, August 18 at www.32auctions.com/ifyoucantellastory. Bidding closes at 5.00pm on Saturday, September 2.

Art that tells a story: this Sydney exhibition is giving back