The rain poured down as we bustled our way to John Adam Street, past Christmas Carolers, last minute shoppers and tipsy office workers celebrating the last days at work. The sun was just about set now and London was falling into the dark early evening Winter, lights of shops and buildings reflected on the wet floor and splashes of puddles flicked up from Taxi wheels and speeding buses hurtling like bright-eyed alien toys on glistening liquid tarmac. So it was with relief and an overwhelming warmth that we entered the Strand Gallery, which this week is host to “The Colours of Africa” exhibition. A celebratory riot of colour from the hands of children in Masindi, Uganda.
This week long exhibition which closes on Saturday 22nd December 2012 at 3pm, is a wonderful collection of bright paintings by children of Masindi. The walls in the gallery exude the energy, hopes and aspirations of the children who painted them.
In August 2012 RedEarth created and ran this project with the aim of helping them to express themselves, and this was the first time most of them had experienced how to use paint, charcoal and pastels. RedEarth helps give a good education to children in rural Africa, they are professional educationalists, and as such help structure good practice in teaching and learning in schools, improving life chances of the children by improving their educational prospects. By creating stable educational programmes this helps keep children in school which means they in turn develop greater chances to be financially independent.
Their mantra, and one that is so true around the world: “The Only valid Doorway out of Poverty is Education”. If you can, please support them by maybe donating by text to 70070 and text REDE00 (that’s zero zero) and give a £1 (plus network rate).
If you would like to see any of the work, please contact Lynne Pritchard firstname.lastname@example.org
www.thestrandgallery.com 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP