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Malvern Hills Amnesty International and Malvern Quakers present ART FOR AMNESTY 2017, the annual Exhibition and Sale in support of Amnesty International. Art for Amnesty is Malvern’s annual exhibition for the best of local artists, professional and amateur - around a hundred - to show their work. They contribute works for sale, 70% going to the artist, 30% to Amnesty International. 2017 sees our 16th exhibition and also marks 56 years of Amnesty International.
Works on display range from paintings and prints to woodcarving, ceramics and textiles. Artists’ greeting cards are on sale, as well as art books from Books for Amnesty, Malvern. We accept payment by cash or cheque - sorry, no credit or debit cards.
The exhibition will be officially opened on Saturday 19 August at 11am by Baraa Ehssan Kouja, a Syrian from Aleppo. He is the founder and director of From Syria With Love, a charity that works directly with refugees and raises awareness about the plight of Syrian people.
Art for Amnesty is at the Quaker Meeting House, 1 Orchard Road, MALVERN WR14 3DA from Saturday 19 to Monday 28 August 2017 10.00am - 5.00pm Sundays 2.00pm - 5.00pm Tuesday & Thursday 10.00am - 8.00pm
We invite entries from new artists: please contact Sue Wolfendale at email@example.com or 01684 562804, or go to:
REFUGEE WEEK IN MALVERN, 19-25 JUNE 2017 Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK. It encourages a better understanding between different communities and successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to society. This year, to celebrate Refugee Week in our area, three local groups, Malvern Welcomes, People in Motion and Malvern Hills Amnesty Group worked together to arrange a rich and varied programme of events and displays. While these events were taking place the Yarnbombers were spreading a non-verbal message of support for refugees around the town with their colourful display made from yarn and other fibres. There was the powerful I Welcome exhibition of photos in Malvern Priory and displays in Just So and Iapetus shops as well as the Tourist Information Centre and Malvern Library. The week started with the event, Shattered Pasts, Shared Futures. This included moving presentations from Baraa Ehssan Kouja, founder of the charity From Syria With Love, and Krista Sojo of Project Hope 4 Kids. We heard informative talks from two very special and committed young people. They both spoke about the realities for people who have been forced to leave their homes, communities, and country. We were given much to reflect upon and the message that we must all continue to educate ourselves and others about the realities of being displaced. There was a Knit and Natter session at the Vintage Coffee Shop, where people came together to knit squares to be made into blankets which are much needed by refugees. Abbey Road Coffee hosted a poetry event dedicated to the refugee situation and an open mic to raise funds. We have many very talented musicians in our area and they came together to sing and play their hearts out. For those who work with children, Karen Argent, from The Letterpress Project, gave a fascinating talk at the Malvern Book Co-operative. She highlighted the wealth of literature which is available telling refugee stories from a variety of perspectives. We all went away from Karen’s insightful and passionate presentation eager to read some of the books which she had recommended. We rounded off the week with ‘A Taste of Syria’, which was a lovely, joyous afternoon, hosted at the Vintage Coffee Shop in Malvern Link. We feasted on a variety delicious dishes, produced by our busy team of cooks and inhaled the aroma of exotic spices to the gentle and atmospheric background music of Martin Thorne and friends. What a wonderful community event!
It was a lovely, harmonious week and we were pleased to be able to raise awareness of the many issues facing refugees in the current crisis. We also raised over £1,500 to help displaced people. We are always touched by the generosity of people in our community and by how much they care. ... See MoreSee Less