Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre Petition – A Thank You

The petition launched in January 2008 on behalf of the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre calling on the Egyptian authorities to take action against the rising ground water table that has greatly damaged the adobe buildings of the Art Centre has had an encouragingly positive outcome.

The petition was organised by The Ramses Wissa Wassef Exhibition Trust, London and signed by some 1700 people from many different countries. It was presented to the Governor of Giza in mid-March. Plans made by the authorities to cover the drainage canal that was causing the devastation were given top priority. Construction work has begun and it is expected that most of the problems will be eliminated by the end of April. Renovation work to restore the buildings of the Art Centre will begin in the summer.

The Wissa Wassef family wish to thank the Governor of Giza and the irrigation and drainage departments for the swift action and most particularly to thank all who signed the petition for your most valuable support.

Ikram Nosshi
Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre

Barbara Heller
Ramses Wissa Wassef Exhibition Trust London