An exhibition of artwork by Syrian children. April 23rd to May 7th 2016.
At ArtsTrail Gallery, 4 Windsor Street, Leamington Spa CV32 5EB.
Open Tues – Sat 11:00am – 5:00pm.
Free entry, donations welcome.
Every child has the right to dream.
The exhibition has been organised by Baraa Ehsaan Kouja, a Syrian student living in the UK.
There will be around 60 prints of drawings and paintings made by Syrian refugee children aged 12-18 currently living in Al-Abrar refugee camp in Lebanon. Some of the works reflect the trauma that the young people have experienced, while others are more hopeful and optimistic.
“There is now a lost generation of Syrian children – children who are losing their education, who have been forced to think about war and destruction rather than peace and love” Baraa said.
“These paintings show something of the awful reality that Syrians have endured, but also their dreams. I have lived in Exeter for a year, and have met many wonderful people working for the relief of refugees, both at the university and in the town this exhibition complements that work by showing the real experiences of real refugees”.
Alongside each picture, as well as the title and the name of the artist, there will be a photo of the tent they are currently living in, and a brief statement of that child’s dream.
Private view & talk
Sunday April 24th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
Join us to hear stories of Syria, enjoy the artworks on display and create messages of love and support. All money raised will be used to help people living in refugee camps.
Baraa Ehssan Kouja, a student from Syria and curator of From Syria With Love, will discuss the situation in Syria and what life is like in Lebanese refugee camps. His talk will also cover some common misconceptions, and explore what we can really do to help.
Free entry with donation bar.
Download the PDF poster for the exhibition.
See Media reports on previous exhibitions:
- Report from BBC newsbeat
- Report from BBC Spotlight on Exeter exhibition
- Report from Wales Arts Review on Newport exhibition
- Report from the Independent on Newton Abbot exhibition
- Report from ITV Westcountry on Newton Abbot exhibition