Buy art and design to support Ukraine: the sales and auctions happening now
Discover how photographers, artists and designers are raising money for Ukraine’s humanitarian relief effort and find out how to buy their works
Galvanised by the mounting human tragedy of the war in Ukraine, many in the creative world have felt compelled to offer help in the best way they know how: harnessing their resources and networks to raise money for humanitarian relief organisations by selling art, photography and design to those of us eager to buy it.
Among a host of compelling initiatives, here are art and design sales and auctions happening now in aid of the Ukraine relief effort, as well as projects to promote and support Ukrainian creatives.
Campaign UA / Unite All by Design Academy Eindhoven
Campaign UA / Unite All is a project by the students from Studio UnIdentified at Design Academy Eindhoven, supporting NGO United for Ukraine. The initiative comprises an NFT art video, representing a sweater design conceived in collaboration with designer Joost Jansen and his studio, Survival of the Fashionest, manufacturer Yarna, and knitting school de Amsterdamse Steek. Featuring two raised fists knitted in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, the sweater is worn by a model walking in a field of flowers, representing optimism, energy, colour, growth, new beginnings and beauty. The knitting pattern for the sweater will be available online, so you can knit your own. The designers aim for those sweaters to be sent to Ukraine.
Jewels for Ukraine
Ends: last auction ends 24 June 2022
Seven jewellers – Carla Amorim, Ara Vartanian, Prasi, and Kika Alvarenga, Jessica McCormack, Ana Khouri, and Maggi Simpkins – have created unique pieces for the Jewels for Ukraine initiative from Vanity Fair On Jewellery editor Annabel Davidson. As each jewel is completed, it will be available as part of a series of prize draws through justgiving.com, each for a three week period, during which people can make a donation to be in with a chance to win. A hundred per cent of donations received (bar the small processing fee charged by the JustGiving platform) will go directly to Hope and Homes for Children, which is working to stop the institutionalisation of children during the crisis by ensuring they are kept in families and not placed in orphanages.
What shall we do with these buildings?
Date: 11 May 2022
This event, which is organised jointly by NLA and the RIBA in London, is a film screening studying the architectural legacy of the Russian domination of the city of Kharkiv. A timely production, What shall we do with these buildings?, was directed by London-based movement and theatre director Jonathan Ben-Shaul, who taught at Ukraine’s Kharkiv School of Architecture before the invasion. The film was the result of his two-month residency there, supported by Kharkiv Literary Museum. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Ben-Shaul, his editor and co-producer Louis Norris, and Oleg Drozdov, founder of the Kharkiv School of Architecture (who will be joining via Zoom).
‘Solidarity Poster’, The Wrong Shop X Ronan Bouroullec
Designer Ronan Bouroullec has created a new edition of his abstract illustration featuring the colours of the Ukrainian flag. It is being sold in collaboration with The Wrong Shop, and all profits from the poster’s sale will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal. ‘The Wrong Shop team wishes to express its solidarity with all those affected by the war in Ukraine. To support this humanitarian emergency, we are working with the DEC in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal,’ reads a note accompanying the initiative.
Designed to Help
Design collective Movimento Club has rallied its members to offer a series of limited-edition pieces on sale to raise funds for humanitarian aid charities. Each piece was especially created for the sale and donated by its designer; works range from furniture to ceramics and lighting. The initiative was kickstarted by German designer Lucas Faber, on the premise that all he had to offer to help was his craft. Designers personally select different charities to which they would like to donate the proceeds of the sales.
Fast Forward print sale with Ukrainian female artists
Fast Forward: Women in Photography, a research project based at the UK’s University for the Creative Arts and promoting women in photography worldwide, is using its platform to help Ukrainian female artists raise money for charities working on the ground in Ukraine. Fast Forward is covering the costs of printing and postage. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to smaller charities helping civilians, especially women, children and older people in Ukraine. Charities include Ukrainian Womanity (Zaporizzia), FreeUa (Kramatorsk) and Patriot (Melitopol). The minimum donation per print is £50; editions are limited and vary depending on the image. Participating artists from Ukraine are: Daria Bedernichek, Lubov Chornenka, Oksana Demianec, Adriana Dovha , Eva Dzhyshyashvili, Anneta Gluschenko, Maria Kazvan, Uliana Kocur-Skalacka, Kate Kutsevol, Daria Kuzmina, Daryna Momot, Eugenia Stanishevska, Nalina Vaine, Nadiia Volkova, Polina Zabizhko.
Design for Ukraine by Design Miami and Bocci
Bocci and Design Miami join forces to raise funds through an online sale of iconic Bocci pieces that will benefit GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund providing urgently needed humanitarian aid. Works on sale range from $280 to $35,000, and include limited-edition glass chandeliers and lamps by Bocci, and colourful glassware from sister company OAO Works.
Not a sale, but an initiative intended to keep the vibrant Ukrainian creative scene alive and thriving, Bettter.Community aims to showcase the country’s top creatives, in fields ranging from design to photography, including graphic designers, stylists and artists. Through the portal, it is possible to hire creatives for full-time or commission-based positions, while Bettter.Community also works to support creatives with grants ranging from €500 to €3,000 to cover legal and relocation expenses, and by helping them find jobs. Also part of the website is a database of trusted sources, divided by country, and locations currently taking donations.
Sea Me print sale
Odessa-based linen brand Sea Me had to pause production of its bedding and sleepwear on 24 February 2022, as Ukraine was attacked by Russia, in order to keep its team members safe. Now to further support her team, co-founder Natalya Ishchenko is offering limited-edition art prints by Odessa artist Katerina Filimonova, featuring dreamy images of remote beaches, and portraits of people the artist has met during her travels. The artworks (each part of a signed limited edition of 25) will be shipped when the war is over, explains Ishchenko, ‘so when the War is over, you will find in your mailbox a piece of Ukraine’.