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  • The Synergy Centre 78 West Street Brighton, England, BN1 2RA United Kingdom (map)

"An exhibition collaboration between two politically and compassionately driven artists"


Art For Action is an International Community Arts Organisation who will be showcasing their work made since 2012, and collaborating with Through Refugee Eyes founder, Abdulazez Dukhan.


Opening night and fundraiser 24th November, 6pm till 12am with a silent art auction , Guest speakers and DJs playing later in the evening.


Art For Action runs street art projects and workshops with marginalised communities, vulnerable parts of society and people who have experienced trauma through war. The projects are documented by paintings, photography and film. Art For Action has worked in Colombian slums, West and East Africa, Egypt, Sri Lanka and refugee camps in Iraq, France and Germany.


"We use art as a means of spreading awareness, and giving a voice to young people who otherwise may not be heard. Their stories can be told through the art work and at the same time it gives them a chance to be part of an art project that involves their creativity and expression which can be seen in their immediate surroundings. This gives them a sense of importance, and they are part of a project that will be seen by many." - Rose Illingworth


Through Refugee Eyes was set up by photographer Abdulazez Dukhan age 18, a Syrian refugee living in the camps in Greece. His aim is to give a voice to the refugees, directly and honestly, through his photographs. His photographic journey started 6 years ago in Syria and his work has now been exhibited several times, including in London and New York. The show will exhibit his most recent body of work, which is powerful and apocalyptic.


The founder of Art For Action, Rose Illingworth, will be exhibiting her portraits of people she has met while working since 2012. Portraits that reflect the socio, political and humanitarian issues the people in her paintings have to overcome. Along with children’s paintings from refugee camps in Germany, slideshows and short film.10% of profits from the original paintings sold will go back to the partner organisations Rose has worked with. 


The Synergy Centre which is a community arts centre that provides affordable creative space to organisations working towards a socially aware society that drives for positive changes within local and international communities.


Delphine du Barry, The Synergy Centre arts curator is making a series of hanging installations reflecting her take on the current issues at hand and in response to the exhibition.


Proceeds from £3 donations at the door will go towards Rose and Abdulazez working together on a project in the camps in Greece. The Synergy centre operates on a bring your own alcohol policy where you pay a £3 corkage fee.

Earlier Event: November 21
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