Young artists rally round to help earthquake victims

Published: 25 August 2011 at 15:44

Anglia Ruskin students to stage ‘Postcards for Japan’ exhibition in Cambridge

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Talented artists at Anglia Ruskin University are putting their skills to good use by staging an exhibition entitled Postcards for Japan to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country earlier this year.

The majority of artwork on sale is by students studying the MA Children’s Book Illustration course – with contributions from established professional illustrators associated with Anglia Ruskin – and the funds will go to the Teachers For Japan charity, which is helping children in northern Japan following the disaster on 11 March.

Student Becky Palmer, who is organising the exhibition, explained:

“I attended a fundraising event in Cambridge organised by musicians, and was impressed by the possibility for artists to do something towards relief efforts collectively.

“The MA Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art has strong links with Japan: Japanese students come here to study, and staff have travelled there to teach.  As individual artists and illustrators, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of such disaster. As a group, we hope to do more.

“Donating the proceeds of this exhibition to a charity that focuses its support on the children of northern Japan seems the best way for us, as illustrators for children, to contribute what we can to rebuilding their future.”

Teachers For Japan is a non-profit, all-volunteer charity dedicated to the cause of rebuilding the education infrastructure in northern Japan.  They aim to provide financial support to assist in the education of children who were affected by the disaster as well as provide financial support to help rebuild damaged or destroyed schools.

The Postcards for Japan exhibition will be staged at the Michaelhouse Cafe on Trinity Street in Cambridge from 5-11 September. 

The postcards will be sold for £20 each and there will be an auction of the works that are admired by more than one buyer. For further information, and to view the gallery of postcards, visit