Wednesday, 23 July 2014


GAZA FUNDRAISER FREE PALESTINE, artshow launch Friday 1st August 2014 at 6pm, at Samia Gallery, 19 Henriques Street, London E1 1NB. Artshow starts with exhibiting artwork from 29 artists. Artworks presented in various mediums: sculptures, prints, drawings, paintings, videos and performances. Gaza fundraiser event goes on till Sunday 31st August 2014, through artshow duration more artwork will be exhibited and more performances will take place. Money raised will go to: individuals in need in Gaza, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Stop the War Coalition and Medication Aid For Palestinians.


We’re not putting our energy into creating an anti-Israel event. This is a humanitarian cause. Over 600 people are dead.

I’m of Israeli decent – my father is an Israeli Jew. I wanted to know the truth earlier this year I went to the West Bank. For me the best way to understand something is to see for oneself. People had got in touch with me through Facebook, one in particular, Abed, who was from Gaza now living in exile in Egypt as it was too dangerous for him to stay in Gaza. He left his family there. During the latest attack he had been told his family’s home had been bombed and they had fled. He is now not able to get hold of them not knowing whether they are alive or dead. This kind of situation is not something we can’t even comprehend. I felt helpless – what could we do? It was Abed feeling that they are fighting this alone with no support that we thought of creating a dialogue between people in Gaza and the gallery.

This isn’t just a charity event passing funds onto a faceless charity, it’s us directly helping, showing we are here and we care for the cause and want to support these people in rebuilding their lives. For us this is about support.


I've not been to Palestine or Israel. I support various humanitarian issues, Palestine has been one of them for many years. I'm a Muslim, and I'm not anti Israel. I'm against Israel's criminal attacks on Palestine, who has no: army, air force and navy. 

I cannot explain the pain every time I hear another persons killed in Palestine. I don't have the words to describe, to not truly understand the pain suffered by people killed or injured in this massacre, and the pain suffered by their families. Only thing I can seem to do is: pray, share news, and go to demonstrations. But none of this seems to be enough, I feel like a failure each time I hear a child, women and man is killed. 

Thank you Lydia Cohen, for coming up with idea to fund raise in gallery for Palestinians. I'm familiar with several good charities raising funds for Palestine, to end a 66 year siege by Israel, who also are supported by other powerful governments such as UK. Palestine can sure do with another fund raise event. I sincerely hope that every penny raised will go towards freeing Palestine forever.

Phil America, Shaheen Ahmed, Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Vanya Balogh, Nadia Ballen, Frank Black, Bill Cilbery, Lydia Cohen, ihtgw Continent, Ashley Scott Fitzgerald, Glenn Fitzy Fitzpatrick, Laura Gabe, Eldar Gantz, Maria Teresa Gavazzi, Max Gimson, Nikki Hare, Dannielle Hodson , Marie Holyhead, Hülya Küpçüoğlu, Andie Macario, Julia Maddison, Paul Matosic, Katie McDougall, Safeena Razzaq, Rebecca Scott, Megan Schwartz, Martin Sexton, Barrie Sharpe , Andrew Stys, Roman Taher, David Turner,
Mark Woods, Hassan Vawda, Markrobla 


Sunday, 13 July 2014


We're organising in gallery Gaza fund raiser with Lydia Cohen.

We're looking for: ideas, artwork, contribution, performances etc. Artwork submission sizes: A5, A4, A3. A2. Small scale sculptures can also be submitted. Please email: 

Fund raiser launch date Thursday 31st July 2014, event runs for a month. Artwork submission deadline for launch Sunday 27th July 2014. More artwork can be submitted till Friday 15th August 2014.

Money raised will be donated to indigenous civilians of Gaza. The aim is not to send funds we raise directly to charities, and organisations but directly to people in need. So we are in touch with their progress and developments.