Marking 15 years of our charity work on health, education and women’s welfare in Ethiopia, we had the pleasure to host the largest ever collection of Ethiopian art in Ireland, from October 12th until October 15th in The Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin.

Ethiopiaid Ethiopian Art Exhibition 2017 was officially opened on Thursday, October 12th by Ireland’s best known columnist and broadcaster John Masterson and celebrity chef Kevin Thornton, who has been involved with charitable work in Ethiopia for almost ten years.

Over 200 paintings from Ethiopian artists, celebrating the best of the African nation’s modern art, were on display. The exhibition was organised in partnership with Makush Art Gallery of Addis Ababa.

Bruk Hiwet of Makush Gallery said: “It gives us great pleasure to continue our partnership with Ethiopiaid Ireland and bring this art collection to Ireland. Our artists are very conscious of the contributions made by this Irish NGO and firmly support their work through the generous provision of their paintings.”

The style of art emerging from Ethiopia is unique to Africa, given the country’s history of independence and multiculturalism.  Over the last 16 years, the Makush Art Gallery has focussed on working with Ethiopian artists along with supporting humanitarian causes.

Ethiopiad founder, Sir Alec Reed said: “In the 15 years since I founded Ethiopiaid, I have been impressed by the dynamism of the Ethiopian people as well as the kindness and generosity of our Irish donors. Although there is still a lot of poverty in the country, Ethiopia is now the fastest growing economy in Africa'.'

By raising funds for key local partners working to improve maternal health, education, women’s welfare and to help the most marginalised, we can continue to create positive and sustainable change.” 

Ethiopia is a country that holds a special place in my heart, having spent much time there over the last eight years working with communities as a catering mentor. The work of Irish people, in partnership with grassroots organisations in Ethiopia has played an integral part in bringing the country out of, what seemed like, hopeless times due to famine, drought and insidious poverty." said Kevin Thornton. 

Artists Dimetros Kidane, Atklit Assefa and Abiy Eshete, travelled to Ireland for the occasion and had the opportunity to talk to the Irish public about the value of art in modern Ethiopia, while allowing Ethiopiaid to benefit from the sale of their pieces and raise much needed funds in support of our Ethiopian partners.