Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Illustation Cupboard, 22 Bury Street, London SW1

Celebrating Asylum: A Group Exhibition
2nd - 14th February 2012

Illustrationcupboard is proud to present a unique exhibition and sale of original illustration artwork in support of St Mary Magdalene Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. This small London-based charity offers some of the capital’s most vulnerable people a safe place in which to meet and study, working with refugees from countries as far apart as Eritrea and Turkey, Albania and Congo,Kosovo, Afghanistan and Syria.

Many of the refugees and asylum seekers living in London have severe health problems, feel isolated, receive no benefits and are challenged on a daily basis by things we take for granted. St Mary Magdalene Centre offers them a warm welcome and a chance to develop their own skills and talents, helping them to help one another. A small team of dedicated teachers and over 30 volunteers provide daily English classes (working towards accredited qualifications), clothes,food parcels, advice and help – and perhaps most importantly of all, friendship.

Unfortunately the Centre now faces cuts which threaten its future, so some of the greatest illustrative talents working today have generously donated their original
artwork for sale, to raise money for this worthy cause. This unique exhibition offers
the collector a real opportunity to acquire world-class artwork, whilst helping some
of London’s most isolated people to feel a sense of belonging. Highlights include
artwork by Shirley Hughes, Chris Riddell, Jane Ray (whose illustration is at the top of this blog) and Axel Scheffler. Website preview available from 28th January at
Monday - Friday 9:30am – 6:00pm Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Entry is free. Families welcome.

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