I am so pleased to feature Alwan, an exhibition by young people with disabilities from Bayt Silsal at Ruwwad Al Tanmeya.
My dear friend Rula Atalla; whom I have always admired her artistic talents that include ceramics, furniture, jewellery and more. Rula started “Bayt Silsal at Ruwwad” with one of my favourite Jordanian visual artists, Hani Alqam. Together, through combining their inspirations, skills and ideas, they have managed to create an inspiring project that helps to build visual expression among young adults with learning difficulties. The artworks that they produce include beautiful paintings, hand-decorated beach bags, cushions and furniture. Their latest art exhibition was hosted by Wadi Finan Art Gallery.
Bayt Silsal was created to be a dedicated centre for young people with disabilities to come together to share, learn, socialise and express themselves. With time, more and more people started coming and a community of love was created.
Hani was not aware that he had a special gift for teaching until he began working with these young adults through weekly workshops at Bayt Silsal. Everyone was so happy! It was and still remains a beautiful way to give back to our community.
My youngest daughter Haya Salti is currently finishing in BA in painting and drawing at Concordia University in Montreal. Haya also helped out at these weekly workshops with Hani. She gained knowledge, patience and satisfaction in learning to deliver a message of colour to the people with disabilities. It was hard and challenging for her at the beginning, but this gave her a strong foundation from which she hopes to give more to community service.
Poto credits: Bayt Silsal and Ali Abu Zenah