Fundraising Exhibition and Event in Brixton, London
On Tuesday 3rd October we held a sell-out fundraising exhibition and event in London for the Refugee Support Network. If you couldn’t make the event we would love you to donate directly to the Refugee Support Network here.
The evening celebrated the shared heritage, beauty and important human developments from the regions represented in the artworks on this website, through art, archaeology, music and spoken word, including performances by the folklorist and vocalist Dr Sadi Al-Hadithi and Stef Conner. We were really pleased that Stef also performed alongside Alice Barron and Zosia Jagodzinska. The Baghdad based composer and musician Ameen Mokdad also took part in the night via live Skype link-up from Iraq.
You can see the drawings from the exhibition by artist Vic Macrae on this website. You can also have a look at the Remembering the Romans in the Middle East and North Africa Project by Zena Kamash here and read her beautiful report on the project here.
Stef Conner composed a choral piece especially for the event based on ancient Babylonian names of stars. In a incredibly moving end to his interview she conducted the audience to sing alongside Ameen Mokdad's beautiful acoustic piece Yosur. You can listen to a short clip here.
Thank you to:
Dr Zena Kamash from Royal Holloway University for chairing the evening so beautifully
All the performers and participants who so generously gave their time and expertise for free
The British Institute of the Study of Iraq whose community outreach grant helped fund the exhibition.
Mohamad Meqdad for his patient expertise and advise
Isra Al Kassi for such reliable and positive support
......We hope that you all managed to try some of the delicious traditional Kleicha cookies donated by Philip Juma from Juma Kitchen !
Object Matching for The 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 the 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 the Refugee Support Network gets it's referrals from centres on the modern political situation. Post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression are common amongst the children they work 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 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 the 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