Victoria Primary students paint a Mediterranean Peace Donkey

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Victoria Primary students paint a Mediterranean Peace DonkeyChildren from the Victoria Primary School Gozo, will be painting one of the 21 fibreglass 'Peace Donkeys' to be on display at the Mdina Cathedral Art Biennale, opening on the 13th of November and running through till the 7th of January 2016.

The school will be using the 'Peace Donkey' Project to address the subjects of friendship and peace.

Decoration of the donkey is being coordinated by artists Emma Morgan, Abi Macleod Clark and Federico Chini who are also parents of children attending the Happy School. Present for the occasion was Gozo College Principal, Mr Victor Galea.

The Mediterranean Peace Donkey Project is a peace building public art exhibition of 21 life-sized fibreglass 'Maltese' donkeys painted by Maltese and Mediterranean artists symbolising the need for peace and compassion between the Middle East and West, and more specifically, throughout the Mediterranean Basin.

As part of The Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale, the Mediterranean Peace Donkey exhibition uses the symbol of the renowned and endangered Maltese donkey to focus global attention on four critical needs: religious harmony, East-West relations, donkey welfare in zones of conflict, and humanitarian assistance for migrants/refugees.

The form for the life-size fibreglass donkeys was sculpted by the premier Egyptian artist Dr. Reda Abdel Rahman. For the Mediterranean Peace Donkey initiative, CARAVAN is partnering with The Donkey Sanctuary, the global leader in the field of donkey welfare in this area who is also primary sponsor, together with United Religions Initiative (URI).

Photograph: Charles Spiteri

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