The #3000 Chairs campaign first started in 2016 when author Nicola Davies wanted to highlight the plight of unaccompanied child refugees attempting to settle in the UK. Nicola subsequently wrote a poem about the situation these children found themselves in which has now been published by Walker Books as a picture book called The Day War Came, Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.
In association with Walker Books Nicola Davies and illustrator Rebecca Cobb re-ignited the #3000chairs campaign, which called for authors and illustrators to draw a single empty chair as a sign of solidarity and support for these children. As a result 100’s of donations of chair illustrations have been received, from as far afield as Chile, India, America and Japan from many hugely talented illustrators, including Shaun Tan, Benji Davies, Britta Teckentrup, David Melling. You can read Nicola Davies’ letter here: A Letter to you from Nicola Davies
“The Day The War Came is a story that invites readers to be kind, and to consider the difficult experiences that may lead people to leave their homes far behind and to seek sanctuary in a new country. It carries a message as simple as an empty chair, that you might offer to another person who needs a place to rest.” – Nicola Davies
You can see more of the incredible donations received on Instagram under the hashtag #3000chairs. The campaign will be offering these stunning illustrations in exchange for a donation to Help Refugees at a fund raising event at Foyle’s Charing Cross Rd on the 3rd Sept. (register for a FREE ticket HERE where you can also choose to donate £5 to Help Refugees on this link which will enter you in a draw to take away one of the chair illustrations on the night)
The Shaun Tan illustration will be auctioned as a separate ‘lot’ on-line later in September.
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