A year ago, the young British diplomat Rebecca Dykes, a rising star at the Department for International Development, was murdered in Beirut. In her memory, London’s Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, on Pall Mall, unveils Into The Light, a selling exhibition running from December 10 to 15 of paintings and photographs of Lebanon by two artists who knew her: Tom Young and Edward Jonkler. All proceeds will go to the Rebecca Dykes Foundation, which partners with Christian Aid and KAFA NGO to support victims of sexual and gender violence and refugees across Lebanon.
Into The Light celebrates Dykes’ humanitarian commitment in Lebanon and the artworks (£1,000-£8,000) portray the places she loved, such as the Cedar forests in the Shouf Mountains and the breathtaking Qadisha Valley, as well as some of the Syrian and Palestinian refugees in the Shatila and el-Barajneh camps, whose lives she was determined to improve.
“The exhibition will pay tribute to Rebecca, who dedicated her life to helping communities overcome great adversities,” said patron of the exhibition Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women.