Celebrating Asylum
Illustrationcupboard is proud to present a unique exhibition and sale of original illustration artwork in support of the St Mary Magdalene Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. This small London-based charity offers some of the capital’s most vulnerable people a safe place in which to meet and study, working with refugees from countries as far apart as Eritrea and Turkey, Albania and Congo, Kosovo and Syria.

Many of the refugees and asylum seekers living in London have severe health problems, feel isolated, receive no benefits and are challenged on a daily basis by things we take for granted. The St Mary Magdalene Centre offers them a warm welcome and a chance to develop their own skills and talents, helping them to help one another. A small team of dedicated teachers and over 30 volunteers provide daily English classes (working towards accredited qualifications), clothes, food parcels, advice and help – and perhaps most importantly of all, friendship.

Unfortunately the Centre now faces cuts which threaten its future, so some of the greatest illustrative talents working today have generously donated over 50 pieces of original artwork for sale, to raise money for this worthy cause. This unique exhibition offers the collector a real opportunity to acquire world-class artwork, whilst helping some of London’s most isolated people to feel a sense of belonging. Highlights include artwork by Shirley Hughes, Chris Riddell and Axel Scheffler.

To read more about the St Mary Magdalene Centre, please visit their website.

View exhibition artwork here.
Exhibition date
2nd - 14th February 2012
22 Bury St, St James's