The Donkey Sanctuary will be hosting an exhibition and sale of works by Egyptian artist Miriam Hathout during Donkey Week on Monday 9 May.
Miriam, who lives in Cairo, is known for her vibrant depictions of donkeys in Egypt and was one of the artists invited to paint a Peace Donkey at the Mdina Biennale in a project The Donkey Sanctuary was involved in.
A selection of her watercolours and oil paintings will be on display in Warren Barn throughout Donkey Week. Miriam will also be painting a life-size fibreglass donkey on the theme ‘Donkey Heaven’ at the same venue and interacting with visitors.
Stephen Blakeway, Director of International Operations, says, “Donkeys are so often marginalised and ignored in the places where they work hardest. It is therefore wonderful to find local artists who see them and show them to the world. Miriam paints local donkeys in paintings that are bright but realistic. She kindly allowed us to use one of her paintings for the cover of our Middle East Report. We are delighted that Miriam can join us in Donkey Week to show more of her paintings.”
Miriam says, “My story with the donkeys started in 2007 when I saw a very cute donkey in the streets of Cairo pulling a cart selling fruits, so I stopped his owner and asked him to take photos of the donkey which was really quite weird for him and for those in the street. I went home and made my first donkey oil pastel sketch…and ever since I started painting more and more donkeys… I am really delighted and grateful to be invited to exhibit my donkey paintings at The Donkey Sanctuary and get to see all these lovely donkeys. This is heaven to me!”
During Donkey Week, Miriam will also be holding a workshop with Year 3 pupils of Newton Poppleford Primary School.