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Weʼre raising £800 to fund art supplies for Laila Kassab

West Sussex, UK
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Laila Kassab is a self taught artist living in a refugee camp in Gaza. She uses Faber Castell watercolour pencils to create beautiful works of art that bring colour to her bleak surroundings and resonate with people across borders. She has run out of colours and paper though and getting good quality art supplies into the region is an uncertain and expensive challenge.

I met Laila through Outside In (a UK based charity supporting artists who face barriers to the art world) following their exceptional exhibition of her work at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. You can see more of her work at Laila's online gallery with Outside In.

Like Laila, I paint to keep myself sane in challenging times and the worst thing I can imagine is running out of colours.

I am organising this fundraising campaign to enable Laila to buy the supplies she needs to keep making her work - both because I love her work and because I understand how important it is for her to keep expressing herself and making her own beauty in difficult times.

With your help, I hope to raise £800 by the 14th of December. Going by UK prices this should cover a large supply of high quality art paper and a full set of Laila's preferred Faber Castell watercolour pencils twice over, along with covering the additional costs of getting the supplies to her in an occupied territory. Our aim is to keep Laila in colours and paper for many months to come, giving her the materials she needs to make a large body of work suitable for exhibiting and selling within the international art market.

Please join me in supporting Laila's work - your help, through whatever you can give, will ensure she has the supplies she needs to continue making pictures. Pictures, which once made, she will be able to send back out into the world in order to earn her own income for the more prosaic necessities of life in a refugee camp.

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  • Melanie Hodge4 days ago
    Melanie Hodge

    Melanie Hodge

    4 days ago

    Hello all, Thank you for your support of my Just Giving campaign for Gaza-based artist Laila Kassab! We've raised £615 as of today, of which the first £500 was wired to Laila last week. All money raised since then and before the page closes on the 19th December will be sent as soon as possible after. We are still asking for donations as the more money we can send to Laila the better stocked her studio will be. With many thanks for your support so far, and in advance for any help you can give us towards reaching our dream goal of £800!

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  • Melanie Hodge1 month ago
    Melanie Hodge

    Melanie Hodge

    1 month ago
    Update from the Page owner

    We reached our initial target of £500 in just 5 days so we have upped our goal to £800 so that Laila can buy the high quality paper she needs to create professional pictures suitable for international sales and exhibition. Please share the word and help us to reach our new target. With your continued help and support we hope to send the higher amount to Laila in early December, a full month before we'd originally planned and £300 more than we dared to dream!

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Page last updated on: 12/16/2018 1:07 PM



  • Anna


    Dec 16, 2018

  • Steve Hawkes

    Steve Hawkes

    Dec 13, 2018

    You are such a caring and giving person, and I am so proud of you.


  • Mary Hodge

    Mary Hodge

    Dec 13, 2018


  • Anne  Brooks

    Anne Brooks

    Dec 13, 2018

    With love ..


  • Jemma Bagley

    Jemma Bagley

    Dec 9, 2018

    From one artist to another. Love from Jemma. ( also Charnwood Arts)


  • Jayne Crow

    Jayne Crow

    Dec 5, 2018


  • Anonymous


    Nov 16, 2018

    All the best from Lady in Red Gallery's


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Melanie Hodge

Melanie Hodge

West Sussex, UK

I am a mostly self taught artist, passionate about supporting other artists to believe in themselves and their work. I am a member of both the Association of British Naive Artists and Outside In. It is important to me to support and promote self-taught artists wherever they are.

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