Art Thearpy Programme – Syria / Iraq
At the end of 2018 we established an art programme at the Bajed Kandala camp for IDPs for the young children and teenagers living there.
When we heard that there were 6-7 year olds living at the camp who had never held a paint brush in their wee lives or had even drawn a picture, we had to do something about it.
Calvin and the Dublin based Street Artist Shane Sutton traveled to the camp with a few suitcases full of paints, paper and some canvases, and they began working with the teenagers, largely still life and stencil work, before working with the younger children.
All were given the freedom to draw, paint and express themselves, as a way to deal with the monotony of life at the camp (there are 11,000 Yazidis there who have spent nearly 5 years waiting to go home to Sinjar). What emerged was a real desire to express themselves through art, and the results were incredible, at times heart breaking, as young children painted their homes or loved ones, who are now gone.
Shane worked with the children and teenagers to create a mural at the clinic, which you can see below…
It reinstated our desire to create a regular programme, for all the 7000 children there. If you would like to support our Art Programme at the camp, please make a donation now via our Donate page. If you would like to become a regular contributor, then why not join our SCOOP Crew.
If you are an artist and would be interested in traveling to Iraq to help the kids out, by all means get in touch!