Children from diverse backgrounds will have a chance to show off their artistic talent, at a charity art exhibition held by Roundabout.
The exhibition takes place this weekend at Roundabout’s Shine Hills retail store, and as well as the artworks there’ll be music, a flea market, and a raffle with some fabulous prizes. We found out more about the event from Juan Bai, Operations Manager at Roundabout.
The idea, she told us, came from a donor and volunteer who went to Hunan province to teach art at a rural school. She found that “left behind” children particularly are desperately short of resources, especially art resources. “Many of the pictures she sent to me were very shocking,” Bai said.
They wanted to help other children too, like kids with leukemia. “They are in hospital for a long time and cannot go to school,” Bai said, “their favourite class is art class. Also for migrant children and children with mental disabilities, if you give them a chance, they can show you how talented they are.”
Roundabout developed the event working with other charities which support migrant children, children with mental disabilities and “left behind” children. The artworks in the exhibition are by children aged from 5 to 15. “Most of them are paintings,” Bai told us, “and there are also some photographs and some sculptures. Most of the donors are Chinese, but there are also works by foreign students. We have over 30 artworks from international schools and other city schools.”
All the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the left-behind children in Tongdao Dong Autonomous County, Hunan Province, for the purchase of arts materials, and to Roundabout. The opening ceremony takes place at 10am on Saturday May 21, and the exhibition will be open all weekend.
Free. 10am to 5pm, May 21- 22, 2016. Shine Hills S4-104 (next to Momo Cafe), No. 9, Antai Street, Shunyi District, Beijing. 北京市顺义区安泰大街9号院祥云小镇S4-104(么么咖啡旁)