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Art exhibition depicting Ukraine conflict opens in Chertsey

An exhibition of artwork by ​Ukrainian 15-year-old Alex Zhurba is now on display at our Chertsey office. The artwork was officially opened on Tuesday 13th September by the deputy mayor of Runnymede Councillor Saise-Marshall, who was joined by Runnymede Borough Councillor Howorth and Surrey County Councillor Nuti.

The exhibition has been curated by Irina Mushtina and her son Alex, a Ukrainian family from Kyiv currently living in Surrey, to raise awareness and donations for children’s prosthetics in aid of Ukraine. It chronicles the first 30 days of war in Ukraine, shown through children’s art, with a description of each day, based on Alex’s experiences of the first 30 days of the war.

He explained: “We were able to reach a place where we were safe and everything is okay. A lot of children were not. They were murdered and injured. I thought about how I could help – and so this exhibition is the result. This is about raising awareness, but also any money raised from this exhibition and the sale of my artwork will go to a Ukraine charity providing prosthetics for children who have been injured.”

The exhibition is available to view at our Chersey office until the end of September. It will then go on a tour around some Surrey libraries. To buy the art or donate, visit Alex’s website.

Photo, from left: Alex with Councillor Saise-Marshall and his mother Irina.

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