Artwork by Syrian children living in a refugee camp in Lebanon is the focus of the first art exhibition of the year at Hannahs at Seale-Hayne.
From Syria with Love is a very poignant exhibition which will be on show in the Gallery from 16-19 January. Organised by Baraa Ehsaan Kouja, a Syrian student at Exeter University, the exhibition will include 25 paintings and drawings by Syrian children aged 12-18 who are currently living in Al-Abrar refugee camp.
Some of the works reflect the trauma that the young people have experienced while others are more hopeful and optimistic. Alongside each picture there will be a photo of the tent the artist is living in and a brief statement of that child’s dream. All their dreams focus on returning home and continuing their education.
Baraa commented “There is now a lost generation of Syrian children who are losing their education and who have been forced to think about war and destruction rather than peace and love. These paintings show something of the awful reality that Syrians have endured but also their dreams”.
All sales and donations are being given directly to the people in the refugee camp in Lebanon.