Church exhibition puts a focus on refugees

SOME 190 people attended the opening of a unique art installation at Woking United Reformed Church to mark the beginning of National Refugee Week.

The exhibition documents the stories of refugees in the Middle East, Calais and the UK, captured by the camera of creative director Marksteen Adamson.

The exhibition of 40 black and white photographs was  displayed on metal fences throughout the church building, and was jointly hosted by Woking URC, Woking People of Faith and Woking Council.

Woking’s Christian and Isl-amic communities were well represented at the event, which including members of Syrian refugee families who have recently been housed in Woking.

The event included talks by Mayor of Woking, Cllr Anne Murray, and representatives from The British Red Cross, Surrey History Centre, F1 McLaren Team Manager Indy Lall, plus music by local musician Bashir Maidani.

Marksteen Adamson was interviewed about the stories behind some of the photos during a community ‘Iftar’, where Lebanese food was served after the event, provided by the Jeitta restaurant. Muslim visitors were provided with rooms to pray before breaking their Ramadan fast at sunset.

Lucy Brierley, Minister of Woking United Reformed Church, said: “It was wonderful to see such a great turnout for this captivating exhibition.

“Whether we are Muslim, Christian, or of no faith, we are all united in our concern for those who have been forced to flee their homeland because of violence and war.”

The exhibition was open throughout Refugee Week and concluded with a Sunday service at the same venue.

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