Mary-Ann, who has a studio at Auchmithie, visited refugee hubs, crisis centres and rural schools after joining forces with Edinburgh-based charity Jeeps for Peace.
She was inspired around to make the journey while working with offenders in prisons across the country. One student group approached her asking how they could show support, which resulted in a dynamic project where she taught the prisoners how to make origami sunflowers, Ukraine’s national flower of Ukraine.
The inmates of one prison alone made 17,000 sunflowers after which Mary-Ann launched her Art for Children of Ukraine campaign earlier this year. She hosted an exhibition of work by Ukrainian artist Lucy Nychia and the prisoners’ sunflowers filled the aisle of St Peter’s Church in Auchmithie .
Funds and donations raised from the exhibition enabled her to by and package up the first batch of supplies . However, she needed to find a way of getting the Art materials into Ukraine and more importantly she felt it was essential to meet up with the organisations and children at grass roots level, who would be receiving the supplies and working with the refugee children. She made contact with the organisation 'Jeeps For Peace' , an Edinburgh based charity who source old 4x4 vehicles and deliver them directly to soldiers fighting on the frontline in Ukraine.