2017: Fundraising Exhibition and Event at The Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, London
A fundraising evening in aid of the brilliant Refugee Support Network who provide educational opportunities for young people fleeing conflict and crisis: http://www.refugeesupportnetwork.org/
حفلة جمع تبرعات لدعم مساعي شبكة دعم اللاجئين في تأمين فرص تعليمية للشباب الهاربين من مناطق الأزمات والنزاعات http://www.refugeesupportnetwork.org/
Tuesday 3rd October at 7.30
الثلاثاء ٣ اكتوبر/تشرين الثاني، الساعة السابعة والنصف مساء
The evening will celebrate the shared heritage, beauty and important human developments from the ancient Middle East, through art, music and spoken word, including performances by the composer and singer Stef Conner and specialist in Arabic traditional culture Dr Sa`di Al-Hadithi.
نلتقي في هذا الحفل لنحتفي بإرثنا المشترك وبالجمال والتقدم الإنساني الذي حققه الشرق القديم من خلال فنونه وموسيقاه وعبر الكلمات والعروض الفنية للملحن والمغني ستيف كونر والمتخصص العراقي في التقاليد الشعبية العربية الدكتور سعدي الحديثي.
The exhibition will feature artwork by artist Vic MacRae from the fundraising collaboration Ancient Objects for Modern Dilemmas http://www.ancientobjectsformoderndilemmas.com/ and Remembering the Romans in the Middle East and North Africa project by Dr Zena Kamash from Royal Holloway University https://rememberingromans.wordpress.com/
We are really pleased to be welcoming Baghdad based musician Ameen Mokdad through live video link up for part of the evening.
ويعرض الحفل أعمال الفنان فيك ماكراي من حملة جمع التبرعات المشتركة لمشروع قطع أثرية قديمة للمشاكل المعاصرة http://www.ancientobjectsformoderndilemmas.com/ ومشروع تذكر الرومان في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا للدكتورة زينا كماش من جامعة رويال هولواي https://rememberingromans.wordpress.com/. كما يسعدنا انضمام الموسيقي أمين مقداد من بغداد عبر الفيديو مباشرة لبعض الوقت.
Tickets £10 in advance from www.picturehouses.com
يرجى حجز البطاقات مسبقا عبر www.picturehouses.com (سعر البطاقة ١٠ جنيهات)
Please note: This is event does not espouse any religious or political views
يرجى الأخذ بعين الاعتبار أن هذا الحفل لا يتبنى أي توجه سياسي أو ديني لأي طرف كان.
2016: Object Matching for Refugee Support Network
In 2016 we “matched” our friends and family with objects inspired by The British Museum's collection from the Middle East.
In return for a donation to Refugee Support Network, we provided a unique drawing of a specially selected object, plus a personalised write-up about it including its history and why it was chosen, based on a theme or dilemma the donor provided.
Refugee Support Network are a fantastic charity who work with young people affected by displacement and crisis, enabling them to access, remain and progress in education. Many of these children have become disconnected from their past with loss of family, friends, home, possessions, status, language and culture. Their immediate past is mostly one of trying to survive violence and terror, arriving in the UK with an accompanying loss of identity.
Refugee Support Network's programmes help young people to achieve their educational potential. They invest in education because they believe it creates hope for a future, both for the young people they work with in the UK and for those who remain in, or return to, regions of the world affected by displacement and crisis.
Much of our awareness of the countries Refugee Support Network gets it's referrals from centres on the modern political situation. The Middle East was home to the earliest known civilisation, and is an area that inspired some of the most important developments in human history including the invention of the wheel, the first cities, the planting of the first cereal crops and the development of cursive script, astronomy and agriculture. Their mathematical system established the way time is measured in minutes and seconds, The area known as Mesopotamia was known in antiquity as a seat of learning, the origins of philosophy can be traced back to here, it is where the first library originated and where Gilgamesh the oldest written story in the world was first written. It created a template for modern world.
Post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression are common amongst the children the Refugee Support Network works with. We are raising funds to provide opportunities for them to develop confidence in themselves and their abilities and hope for a better future, through positive engagement with their rich heritage. By being able to connect with the past they may also be able to begin to think about a better future.
You can make a donation and find out more about the brilliant work of Refugee Support Network here:
If you have any questions or comments we would really love to hear from you! You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All artwork Copyright @ Vic Macrae 2015 vicmacrae.co.uk