Vibrant colours from a world lacking opportunities
The second annual 'Streetwise Art Exhibition,' featuring artworks by children living on the streets of Dhaka, has opened its doors again to the public from December onwards at the Bay's Galleria, Radius Centre, Gulshan Avenue.
The Streetwise School has provided the disadvantaged street children -- between the ages of four to fourteen -- an opportunity to express their emotions and views through some stunning and beautiful artwork. These children put their hopes and desires in dashing colours for everyone to see and experience. Most of the paintings are on simple subjects that children see everyday in their surroundings. These original artworks are made from pastels on recycled paper; print reproductions of these works are also available for sale in the form of greeting cards, gift cards, bookmarks and notebooks. Despite different family backgrounds, each and every child has demonstrated immense creativity and imagination.
This exhibition is more of an emotional tour into the lives of these children, who are left behind by the society. Each painting urges the viewer to recognise them as fellow human beings, asking for fundamental rights like water, shelter, food, clothes, education and healthcare.
A large percentage of the proceeds from sales of these paintings will be donated to the children, addressing issues related to their health, sanitation, education and such important aspects and also towards driving the school forward.
The exhibition will continue throughout the month of February. This is an opportunity for the privileged to empathise the pain and hear the voices of these disadvantaged children, realising the necessity for us to extend our hands to them.
The writer is a freelance contributor.