Crookham welcomes powerful exhibition

Through Young Eyes, a series of drawings by Palestinian teenagers who lived through the Israel Gaza conflict in the Gaza strip of summer 2014, will be exhibited at the Flodden Peace Centre in Crookham United Reform Church, Cornhill-on-Tweed, as part of Gaza on Gaza, a wider exhibition of work by Palestinian artists.

Friday, 29th April 2016, 12:00 pm

Coinciding with Christian Aid’s 70th anniversary, the exhibition will be displayed on Monday, May 2, between 10am and 4pm.

The young artists participated in a project run by Christian Aid partner Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA), which provides therapeutic activities for children and young people.

After the ceasefire, which ended 51 days of conflict, the teenagers went out to shelters to meet other children and listen to their stories. These discussions, their own experiences and what they heard on the news and from within their communities, inspired the illustrations.

Rev Mary Taylor, the minister at Crookham, said: “We are delighted to welcome this new exhibition to Crookham and hope that it will give us an insight into the lives of those who lived through the Gaza conflict. We hope a lot of people will be inspired by the paintings, the stories they hear and realise the difference we can make together to the lives of the people in Gaza.”

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The conflict claimed more than 1,500 lives and displaced 500,000 people from their homes. The UN estimates that nearly 400,000 children require mental health support to cope with the events they witnessed.

CFTA provides support to young people, giving them the opportunity to learn, play and grow their talents in as safe a space as possible. It encourages them to express themselves and fulfil their dreams to become artists, writers, musicians or actors, and to join together and use their skills to ensure their voices are heard.

Gaza on Gaza is curated by the Gaze on Gaza campaign, Christian Aid and the Palestinian Arts Festival in partnership with P21 Gallery.