An exhibition that tells the stories of people held in detention centres has opened in Craigieburn.

They Cannot Take The Sky – Stories from Detention, which has been put together by not-for-profit organisation Behind the Wire, is an oral history project highlighting the plight of asylum seekers.

It tells the stories of 24 people, such as Behind the Wire’s Aran Mylvagnam, who are in offshore detention or who have been released into the community

Hume mayor Geoff Porter said exhibition featured stories that were extraordinary, devastating and inspiring.

“In this exhibition, you will hear first-hand from people who have sought asylum in Australia and from those who were and are still detained by the Australian government under its mandatory detention policy,” he said.

“Most importantly, [the exhibition] will shine a light on the voices that are so often absent from public discussion and allow us to gain an important glimpse into what it is like to seek asylum in Australia.”

The exhibition is at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, 75-95 Central Park Avenue, until August 5.

Details: hume.vic.gov.au