Here is a very small selection of the paintings painted in our workshops by children, youth, and adults. They are painted in the context of equality in many parts of the world, across religions, cultures and languages. Some of us may identify with one country, some of us with many or none. Some of us live safely, having more or less. Some of us live in uncertainty, displaced, alone and under violence, on the streets, in hospitals, informal settlements, refugee camps, and safe houses.
“Don’t let me disappear.” — I am afraid without you. I love you mommy.
“I set my friend the dove free to the open sky"
Choe, North Korea
When I came to Mosjøen there was snow and green grass at the same time. Inside the house was warm and good and there were flowers on the table. This made a strong impression on me… Safety.
Muna, Syria, Norway
“Syria-Sadness” — A beautiful country.
Ala, Syria, Norway
“There is so much more.”
“1500 years” — The old house in Aleppo.
Baha, Syria, Norway
“The bear with the three hearts”
The eye that sees everything.
“Writing the letter”
T. Maiclon, Sri Lanka
Paula Birgitte, Norway
“Space” — I love colours. They are everywhere.
Makka, Chechnya, Norway
John Paul, The Philipines
“The tree of the Sun”
“Opera-Oslo” — The Opera House in Oslo, there are a lot of pictures of this house. This is my version.
“The love flower of Sudan”
Wgdan, Sudan, Norway
“A lush garden” — Unity gives strength.
Aamir, Sudan, Norway
“Afraid by the ocean”
The Dinosaur has just been eating breakfast.
“A circle in the world”
“The Sámi Flag”
“The children are making the happiness in the orphanage home”
“The Pain of Earth”
“Track from a bird”
“The tree” — Can you see the man in the tree?
“An evening in Sri Lanka”
Cyruss Joseph, Sri Lanka
“A woman that sees” — Let’s take good care of the ocean and treat it well.
“The colours in my life” — I like the simplicity in my life.
Abrar, Syria, Lebanon
“Determining ‘Life’” — Our life in Sri Lanka is surrounded by many social problems that we face. We have some rare resources that we have to use and make life better by good education.
G. Arunrogers, Sri Lanka
“The heart is crying.”
“War in Afghanistan”
Salim, Afghanistan, Norway
I am certainly fond of apples.
“Hunting Season” — A roe deer has just been shot for food.
“Fullmoon” — This night a lot of children are being born.
“A Russian Flag.”
“Safiya’s World” — Pink and white are my colours. I like pink and white. I am very happy. Remember this is the first time I am painting—I like it very much!
Most countries in Africa have these three colours in some ways. Green symbolises life. Yellow symbolises hope. And red is the blood of the people.
Tihtina, Ethiopia, Norway
“Raise me up” — The sea is about relaxation. The tree and the flowers are soothing to oneself. I am swimming in the sea, with no worries.
Princess Ayath Ali, The Philipines
I like the elephants. They are so big. We must only look at them, don’t touch them.
Kawindi, Sri Lanka
S. Luxshan, Sri Lanka
“The nature’s scream” - To stand in the forest and look over the ocean.
“Peace in nature” — Two are cut. Two are not cut. We should not cut them but let everyone grow and blossom with their life’s gifts.
John Paul, The Philipines
“A home with love”
Lemlem, Eritrea, Norway
She is looking against the future and looking forward to all the colours she will use.
“The Jasmin of Damascus will stay.”
Fatima, Syria, Lebanon
“From sad to be happy”
Amal, Syria, Lebanon
“Differently” — The red ones want to attack the yellow one because it is different. They only want to have the red ones there. I think it is sad that they only want the red ones.
“The missing of my brother.”
Sedra, Syria, Lebanon
I love the garden, I love all the flowers and all the trees, and I love everyone in the world!
Shnon, Sri Lanka
“We all live in a yellow submarine”
Helen, United Kingdom, Norway
“We love each other” — We must help each other.
E. Kingsly Roy, Sri Lanka
“Peace in everyone” — Peace wishes are rising everywhere on the Earth.
Baskaran, Sri Lanka
“The world is on a canvas” — Inner Peace
“The giving tree” — The child is happy. He was born special. He was bored because his parents had no time for him. When his father came he saw that his child was sad. Then the child started talking about his sadness and said “father I am sad because I don’t have toys, we don’t have money to buy them”. Then his father saw a very strong and beautiful tree and was thinking how to make his son happy. Then he made the swing and his son is happy forever.
John Senen, The Philipines
“The rabbit has hidden himself in the pine forest”
“The coloured life”
Ghassan, Syria, Lebanon