Supporting Syrian families with works of art

Posted by Suzanne Rodrigues Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

4th Apr 2013

As the Syria Crisis continues to grow, the different things people are doing to support families caught up in the crisis are helping to inspire hope. Syrian-born artist, Issam Kourbaj, has been exhibiting his new art project, Excavating the Present, in a former furnishing emporium in Cambridge since 22 March. Proceeds from the exhibition are being donated to different charities, including Oxfam, and continues until 14 April.


Issam Kourbaj is artist-in-residence at Christ's College, Cambridge.  He was born in Syria and he trained in Damascus, Leningrad and London. 

Issam wanted his exhibition, Excavating the Present, to raise both awareness and funds for Syrian refugee families. In view of the tragic events currently taking place, the exhibition focuses on the fragility of life in current-day Syria - and offers hope for a better world.

On the opening night of the exhibition Oxfam received £1200 in donations and an additional £3000 is on its way thanks to work that has been sold during the past fortnight. Issam's work will be touring nationally and internationally - the dates and venues are still to be confirmed. anyone wishing to host the exhibition can contact Issam at ik254@cam.ac.uk.

Over a million Syrian refugees are now registered, or are awaiting registration, with the UN having fled violence in their own country. Oxfam staff are in Lebanon and Jordan, helping refugees desperately in need of emergency assistance and funds are still urgently needed. 

If you can, please support Oxfam's Syria Crisis Appeal.


Blog post written by Suzanne Rodrigues

Editorial Assistant in Oxfam's Digital Communications Team

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