Grayson Perry, Ken Loach, and Shazia Mirza are among a number of artists, actors, and celebrities joining school children and refugees in a project to mark five years of the Syrian humanitarian crisis.
The British Red Cross Postcards for Syria project has seen Perry (main image), Loach and Mirza, among others, produce postcard artworks, poems or messages which will be auctioned to support the British Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal. Prominent Syrian artists and illustrators such as Tammam Azzam, Mohammad Omran and Diala Brisly have also donated artworks to the project.
School children from Scotland, Devon and Yorkshire have also contributed cards, focusing on themes of home, hope and humanity to show solidarity with Syrian people as the conflict enters its sixth year. Syrian refugees are also producing messages or artworks reflecting on their personal experiences and feelings for their homeland.
The postcards will be displayed from 14th to 18th March at the British Red Cross headquarters in Moorfields, London, with an online gallery and auction via www.redcross.org.uk/postcardsforsyria. An eBay auction begins at 7pm on Sunday 13 March until 20 March. Proceed wills go to the British Red Cross Syria appeal to support relief work in Syria and the region.
Ted Tuthill, head of British Red Cross Middle East and North Africa said:
“Postcards for Syria provides a way for people to respond to this devastating humanitarian crisis in a more personal form. These cards will also help to raise vital funds to continue the aid operation in Syria, supporting Red Crescent volunteers who have been working through the most dangerous and difficult situations since the fighting began.”
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