Vadym Solowski, Stop Hate, 2022, Courtesy of Polswiss Art Auction House and artist
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Artists for Ukraine How can we support the fighting country?

In the face of Russian invasion of Ukraine and above all the terror and suffering it has caused, institutions, companies, artists and designers are uniting by auctioning art to support relief efforts. 

Taking note of the numerous art auctions organised for the benefit of Ukraine, we selected some of them that are especially worth taking interest in.

DESA Unicum auction in support of the Ukrainian refugees

DESA Unicum has decided to organise an auction to support people from Ukraine who arrive in Poland. Believing that everyone can help, the auction house wants to use the tools it has to provide real support.

The collected funds will be donated entirely to the Ocalenie Foundation (Fundacja Ocalenie), and DESA Unicum will not charge the auction fee for purchased works.

The Foundation’s activities will include first-line support work, such as basic social and integration assistance to people who have just arrived in Poland. The aim of this action is to provide constant attendance and immediate assistance of the volunteers at reception points and border crossings, where the Foundation’s activities are ongoing.

The auction will take place on 18th March (Friday) at 7:00 pm. It will be possible to participate both in-person and remotely.

For more information visit: https://desa.pl/pl/aukcje-dziel-sztuki/aukcja-charytatywna-na-rzecz-uchodzcow-z-ukrainy-sesja-ii/

Jędrzej Wise, Public Enemy, 2022, Courtesy of DESA Unicum and artist
Jędrzej Wise, Public Enemy, 2022, Courtesy of DESA Unicum and artist

SLAVA UKRAINI! Humanitarian help for Ukraine

A group of artists who run the czwartek gallery in Warsaw is raising money for Ukraine. As the answer to the events close to the Polish border, the artists decided to donate their gallery space to artists from Ukraine. The idea for the exhibition “Slava Ukraini” (which had its opening on 10 March) emerged spontaneously, as an act of solidarity with those who had to face the new tragic reality overnight. 

Among the works that can be purchased to support the fundraising is a photograph by Sasha Kurmaz, winner of FOAM Talents, who sent his work to the czwartek gallery, which he took while hiding in a shelter in Kiev. Daniel Kosoy, on the other hand, shared a photograph of his best friend who took his own life because of Russian aggression. 

Other artists whose photographs are available include: Synchrodogs, Yan Vasyukhnik, Genia Volkov, Max Dutka, Daria Svertilova, Lesha Berezovskiy, Yuliia Frolova, Valentine Bo, Kristina Podobed, Maksim Finogeev, Kris Vóitkiv, Elena Subach, Daniel Kotliar, Yulia Krivich, Anton Shebetko, Mishka Bochkaryov, Lisa Vlasenko, Nikita Sereda, Julie Poly, Victoria Pidust, Artem Nadyozhin, Gorsad.  

You can purchase prints by Ukrainian artists at https://zrzutka.pl/verk95 for 300 PLN / 60 EUR (plus shipping). Each of them is printed on archival Moab Entrada Natural Rag 190 gsm paper in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

All profits (minus production and shipping costs) will be donated to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

For more information visit: https://zrzutka.pl/en/verk95

Courtesy of czwartek Gallery
Courtesy of czwartek Gallery

Ukrainian artists for Ukraine – charity auction at Polswiss Art Auction House

Polswiss Art Auction House has provided all necessary tools to help Ukrainian artists organise an auction of their own works to help their country. The auction will feature incoming artworks from Poland, Ukraine and other European countries; the list is still growing. 

Polswiss Art Auction House believes that giving a voice to the Ukrainian artistic community delivers a significant message to the Ukrainian people and culture, since it is currently facing the greatest of hardships.

The proceeds from the auction will be donated partly to the artists and partly to the humanitarian organisations that they have indicated. 

The auction will take place on 13th March (Sunday) at 13:00 and will be transmitted live. It will be possible to participate both in person and remotely.

For more information visit: https://www.polswissart.pl/pl/aukcje/272-artysci-ukrainscy

Vadym Solowski, Stop Hate, 2022, Courtesy of Polswiss Art Auction House and artist
Vadym Solowski, Stop Hate, 2022, Courtesy of Polswiss Art Auction House and artist

In the Name of God, For Your Freedom and Ours – Raster Gallery’s aid for Ukraine

In the light of the dramatic situation in Ukraine, Raster Gallery in Warsaw has donated 30 prints by Slavs and Tatars, “In the Name of God, For Your Freedom and Ours” to support the Ukrainian resistance against the Russian invasion.

Each person who contributes 100 euros (or more) to the account of the National Bank of Ukraine will be gifted a copy of this print.

The print will be given or sent to the contributor upon presentation of proof of payment (in person or by email: info@rastergallery.com). Delivery throughout Poland is free of charge. 

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/rastergallery/

Courtesy of Raster Gallery
Courtesy of Raster Gallery

ART FOR UKRAINE – charity fundraising created by Jocelyn McGregor

The fundraising was organised by a group of artists who met in 2019 and 2020 as part of the British Council’s SWAP UK/Ukraine Residency Programme. During their residencies in Ukraine, they had the opportunity to visit several cities, as well as meet and work with talented and welcoming people from all sectors – from creative, to academic.They decided to raise money by selling inexpensive artworks made by themselves and other artists from their community, who wanted to take part in the charity. 

This fundraiser is their way of condemning Russian violence and showing solidarity with Ukrainian civilians. All profits raised from each artwork will go towards much needed medical support and supplies, and postage is included. 

All proceeds will be shared between The Red Cross for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, and the production of care parcels to be sent by Nova Poshta.

For more information visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/art-for-ukraine-1

Georgia Clemson, Forcefield, 2020, Courtesy of artist
Georgia Clemson, Forcefield, 2020, Courtesy of artist

Craftsmen for Ukraine (Rzemieślnicy dla Ukrainy)

Craftsmen for Ukraine (Rzemieślnicy dla Ukrainy) is an action created by Wiktoria Podolec of Tartaruga Studio. This auction takes place on Facebook, and features items created by leading Polish designers. Befriended artists have been invited to put up their products for auction, but other professional handicraftsmen can also display their items. More craftsmen and designers are joining the auctions all the time, and the group is already being observed by more than 2,700 people. 

All proceeds from the auctions are donated to one of the accounts of charities helping Ukraine and its people.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/815750636048916


Art Auctions for Ukraine (Aukcje sztuki dla Ukrainy)

Art Auctions for Ukraine (Aukcje sztuki dla Ukrainy) is a private initiative that takes place on Facebook. In this group, you can find and auction items made by both emerging and more experienced artists and creators.  Anyone who wants to put their art up for auction is invited to list their items.  More artists are joining the auction all the time, and an impressive number of almost 25,000 people are following the group.  

Auction proceeds are paid in full to one of the accounts of charities helping Ukraine and its people, listed in the terms and conditions. So far, more than 500,000 PLN has been collected through art auctions on this group.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/455726872925535

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Zuzanna
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Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at Contemporary Lynx. Graduate of French philology at the University of Warsaw, enthusiast of French literature and cinematography. She is interested in analogue photography and experimental/historical photographic techniques.

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