11 November 2013

Mary Northmore    Born in Britain, she settled in Ubud in 1989 following her marriage to the prominent Indonesian artist Abdul Aziz. She founded and ran the Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women, 1991 – 2012, founded and is the Chair of the Smile Foundation of Bali, 2005 – present. In 2011 she was awarded an MBE by HMQEII for her work helping people with cranio-facial disabilities.
“So I organised the trip to coincide with a friends’ planned working trip there, and was going with another friend from Ubud. BUT the friends’ working trip was postponed and the travel companions’ visa was rejected…. then the travel agency informed me I was the only member of the tour group to be given a visa – so how could I not go – the challenge was just too great! I went….
 London – Istanbul-Tehran with Air Pegasus – nice name.
Tehran, Shiraz, Persepolis, Necropolis, Yazd, Zeinodin, Esfahan, Kashan – magical names. 
Mullahs, chadors, hostages, terrorists – bogey men names…
So here I describe  and illustrate what I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears, and look forward to sharing it with you”
 
Mary Northmore-Aziz,
Founder and Chair, Yayasan Senyum Bali (Bali Smile Foundation)
www.senyumbali.org

 Administrator, The Abdul Aziz Legacy

www.artistabdulaziz.org

 Founder and Director (1991 – 2012), Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women

www.seniwatigallery.com

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