Exhibition by Art For Action for Refugee Week

15th-23rd June 2018
St Aldates Church, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BP
Open 11- 6.30 daily. Friday 22nd 11.00 - 5.30. Closed Sunday 17th & Monday 18th.

The open launch evening Friday 15th June 6-10pm will include:

Live music and poetry by local refugees including 13yr old Amineh Abou Kerech from Syria who won the Benjamin Poetry prize in 2017 and who lives in Oxford.
Art For Action films showing at 7pm.
Bar with food available.


Exhibition will feature:

Compassionate portraits by Rose Illingworth, founder of Art For Action. These are paintings of people Rose has met and worked with while running projects throughout the world. The work powerfully and symbolically reflects the social, humanitarian and political problems the people she has worked with have to face. The paintings are done in oil, charcoal, pastel and spray. The paint- ings and prints are for sale. (10% of proceeds goes directly back to the partnership organisation Rose is working with, or the individual she has painted.)

Three short films made by Art For Action concerning IDPs in Colombia and refugees in Uganda and Lesvos which document Art For Action’s projects.

Photographs by two refugee photographers, Abdulazez Dukhan from Syria and Abdul Saboor from Afghanistan. Abdulazez now has asylum in Belgium but Abdul Saboor is still in transit. Abdulazez Dukhan started taking photographs and learnt to use photoshop during his escape and his journey from Syria when he was just 12 years old. Abdul Saboor’s photographs are taken on his smart phone, yet capture life in the camps in Serbia in an astonishing way. 100% of proceeds of their work sold goes straight to the artists.

Canvases by refugee children living in camps in Germany. Proceeds of work sold goes into future Art For Action projects.

An art project run at Campsfield Detention Centre Spring 2018 will also be on show to the public.


Art For Action runs international art projects with marginalised communities, vulnerable parts of society and those experiencing trauma through war.

Exhibitions have previously been held in London, Brighton and Bristol

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