Celebrating Sanctuary

Exhibition expressing “different pasts, shared future”

The W3 gallery and Acton Arts Forum in partnership with ARK present Celebrating Sanctuary, an exhibition of selected artists representing and interpreting experiences of exile.

The exhibition communicates the challenges and misrepresentations and raises greater public awareness about the realities of forced exile through artistic expression.


Oil, acrylic on canvas by Yasemin Omer


Dr Amar Sabri Ahmad describes his life and work as follows: “I see my present situation as an opportunity and obligation to mediate between different cultures and habits of thought. I firmly believe that art (in all areas, and in the broad sense), is the language that can bring people and their planet to peace.”

The mixed medium exhibition including calligraphy, textiles, sculpture, paintings, film expressing social issues, inequalities and the experience of displacement. The exhibition features the work of Dr Amar Sabri Ahmad, Ana Louis, Antolin Leria, Aruna Reddy, Asmahan Alkarjosli, Danielle Loisel, Ekaterini Koliakou, Hassan Aljarrah, Maria Kutait, Marta Teresa Welnowska, Maryla Podarewska Jakubowski, Saadeh George, Sayagh Said, Sheila Moylan, Sheldon Greenberg, Yasemin Omer, Janine Volossevich and art created by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ethnic Minority Women's Group.


Yousif Naser

The Exhibition opening will take place on Thursday 6th June at 7pm.

On the 19th June at 7pm and linked to Refugee Week we will host a Celebrating Sanctuary event including music recital, poetry, and meet the artists, who will talk on the significance of their work, reflecting West London refugee situation, & inclusion.

Finally, on Sunday 23rd June from 4 pm we will hold the closing soiree. The exhibition is open 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday between 12 noon to 6 pm.

Exhibition Partners:


ARK focuses on issue-based art and politically challenging themes such as racism, displacement, the environment, stereotyping and minority groups. ARKs artist in residence Yousif Naser's curated the Celebrating Sanctuary exhibition. His art is the art of emotions. One constant theme evident in his numerous, paintings and drawings is the suffering of Iraq and the pain of exile. His largest project Black Rain is an ongoing undertaking, which began as a painting project during the build up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.




Celebrating Sanctuary

Exhibition expressing “different pasts, shared future”

6th - 23rd June 2013

W3 gallery, 185, High Street, Acton, W3 9DJ



5th June 2013


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