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Children of conflict show opens

The exhibition is at Aberdeen Art Gallery

An exhibition of artwork showing the effect of conflict on children is opening in Aberdeen.

Children in Conflict features new large-scale paintings by renowned war artist John Keane, as well as photography and video.

The show is in association with Christian Aid, with the work reflecting the effect on children world-wide.

Children in Conflict is running at Aberdeen Art Gallery from Saturday until 15 November.

'Human spirit'

Claire Shelley, of Christian Aid Scotland, said: "Christian Aid is delighted that Children in Conflict is coming to Aberdeen.

"John Keane's paintings are a dramatic portrayal of the difficulties young people in Angola have had to deal with as a result of 40 years of almost continuous war.

"It seems appropriate that as Angola goes to the polls this month for the first time in 16 years, people in Scotland will have the chance to view this exhibition and see how children and young people in that country are rebuilding their lives."

Mr Keane said: "I have attempted to evoke the huge tasks of reconstruction and reconciliation in the face of enormous odds, while at the same time alluding to the indomitable optimism of the human spirit I encountered."

Deirdre Grant, Aberdeen City Council's cultural services promotion officer, said: "The Children in Conflict exhibition gives our visitors the chance to see work by some of today's leading contemporary artists who have interpreted this important theme with powerful results."




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