Art for Ukraine: Buy Prints By Top Photographers and Artists
In response to Russia’s war on Ukraine, London’s art world has taken up the cause, launching special charity sales as part of an ‘Art for Ukraine’ movement to show solidarity with the country. Purchasing a special photographic print or a limited-edition piece of art is just one of the many ways you can support Ukrainians battling on the frontline or being forced to flee their country, along with donating to charity, investing in fashion designers supporting the cause or taking part in one of the initiatives cooked up by London’s top chefs and restaurants. Here we’ve rounded up the charitable art sales to know about and how you can get involved.
Art for Ukraine Charity Auction
Friday 25 March
A group of London-based events and art industry professionals have come together to launch a special charity auction in aid of Ukraine, hosted by Oksana Pyzik, Global Engagement Lead at UCL and a member of the Ukrainian diaspora in London. Taking place in one of west London’s most beautiful churches, St Peter’s in Noting Hill, the auction will be conducted by Christie’s auctioneer Natalia Voinova and features works by the likes of British artist Luke Hannam and Philippa Perry from Grayson’s Art Club, as well as an exclusive private tour of Philip Mould’s Pall Mall gallery. All of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Fast Forward Print Sales Campaign With Ukrainian Female Artists
Fast Forward, a project based at the University for the Creative Arts, showcases the best of emerging and established photography by women, as well as promoting opportunity and inspiring debate. The team has launched a print sales campaign to help Ukrainian female artists raise money for those in need in the war-torn country. Works – by artists including Kate Kutsevol, Oksana Demianec and Polina Zabizhko – can be viewed online. The minimum donation for each print is £50 (Fast Forward covers the printing and postage), with all proceeds going to charities helping civilians, especially women, children and the aged, on the ground. These include Ukrainian Womanity (Zaporizhia), FreeUa (Kramatorsk) and Patriot (Melitopol).
Until 31 March
Neu Workshop – a community and non-profit multi-use project space – has joined forces with publishing practice JETZT to launch a limited-edition run of photographic prints to help those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Striking images by the likes of Julia Kafizova, Lena Pogrebnaya, Kargina Ksenia and Daniel Vaysberg, to name a few, are all up for grabs, each with a price of 50 Euros. Purchase via PayPal and all proceeds will go towards a trio of worthy causes – Voices of Children, which provides psychological and psychosocial support to children; Vostok-SOS, that gives assistance to victims of military aggression; and humanitarian aid organisation Libereco.
ToGetThere For Ukraine
Until 31 March
ToGetThere For Ukraine is a spontaneous initiative launched by 74 photographers – in cahoots with Photolux Festival, Ardesia Project and Jest – to help raise funds to send aid to those currently suffering as a direct result of the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine. The prints can all be viewed on the website, and each costs 60 Euros with all orders shipped at the beginning of April. Not only will you own a work by one of Europe’s leading photographers, but all money raised goes towards Vostok SOS – a non-governmental organisation currently providing food, medical help and trauma support to victims of the war.
Artists at Risk Print Sale
Until 30 April
In response to the war in Ukraine, the activist non-profit organisation Artists at Risk has put together a print sale featuring works by some of the world’s top creatives. British artist Tacita Dean, American photographer Nan Goldin and idiosyncratic filmmaker Miranda July are just some of the names taking part, with each of the artists donating an artwork as an open edition print. The works included range from thought-provoking photographs to oil paintings and collages, with each print priced at €200. All of the proceeds from the sale will help the NGO to facilitate emergency travel, shelter and financial support for their peers struggling to find safety in Ukraine.
Yoko Ono: Imagine Peace
Until 31 March
Yoko Ono is known for her anti-war demonstrations – who can forget when her and John Lennon protested the Vietnam War from their honeymoon suite at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel in 1969? – so it’s no surprise that her latest project is an evocative plea in response to the current war in Ukraine. Some of the most prominent billboards around the world, including those in Piccadilly Circus and K-Pop Square in Seoul, will have their adverts interrupted at 8.22pm local time every night until the end of March to broadcast the phrase ‘Imagine Peace’ in stark black and white. The public art installation is presented by Circa and the Serpentine, and other cities taking part include Berlin, Los Angeles, Milan and Melbourne. Accompanying the piece is a limited-edition print, which costs £100 with all proceeds going to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.
Pictures for Purpose
Until 24 March
Creative-led initiative Pictures for Purpose was founded in 2020, with the sole purpose of raising proceeds for urgent causes through the medium of photography. The third edition focuses on the humanitarian crisis that’s unfolding in Ukraine, with prints by a number of Ukrainian artists including Daria Svertilova and Valentine Bo, as well as the likes of Inez & Vinoodh, Daniel Jack Lyons and Emma Summerton up for sale. Each artwork costs 125 Euros and proceeds will go towards World Central Kitchen, an organisation founded by Spanish chef José Andrés that serves fresh meals to those in need – in this case, the thousands of Ukranians who have been forced to flee their homes.
New Blood Art Solidarity with Ukraine Charity Sale
New Blood Art, which specialises in works by carefully curated emerging artists, has launched an ‘Art for Ukraine’ charity sale to raise money for humanitarian efforts in the country. Spearheaded by British artist Ed Saye, all of the works featured in the sale have been donated directly by artists who want to support Ukraine, often due to personal connections to the country: some artists have relatives originally from Ukraine, while one German artist is currently sharing his home with seven Ukrainian refugees. The majority of the money raised will go to the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal, while 10% will go to Glib Franko and his young family, a New Blood masters artist living in Ukraine.
Sergiy Barchuk Photography Print Sale
Until 14 March
Ukraine-born, New York-based photographer Sergiy Barchuk is selling prints of his work through his Instagram in order to raise funds for the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine’s largest children’s hospital. Ohmatdyt has a special place in Barchuk’s heart, as it’s somewhere he visited as a child to treat a range of health problems. The images he’s selling range from striking blue and yellow shots in the colour of the Ukrainian flag to childhood family snaps and close-ups of fruit, as many of Barchuk’s happiest childhood memories involved eating fruit at his grandparents’ home near Kyiv. Each image costs $100, with all proceeds going directly to the hospital.
Until 16 March
London-based studio theprintspace has launched Art4Ukraine, an online sale of A4 archival photo prints (£100 each) by a roster of Ukrainian and international artists. These include Yulia Krivich, Elena Subach, Marc Wilson, Niels Ackermann and many more. All have donated their works to raise money to help refugees from Ukraine, with profits split between the charities War Child and Choose Love. As Ukrainian photographer Yelena Yemcheck, who has donated an artwork, says: “We all need to stand up and stop this war, this insane invasion of a peaceful country. Ukrainians are fighting for their freedom and the freedom of all people. Support Ukraine, speak out, donate.”
Creatives for Ukraine
This open platform launched a few days after the war broke out to provide a place for artists, designers, illustrators and photographers from all over the world to post their visual representations of the conflict – they now have hundreds of artworks being submitted each day. The idea behind it was to amass a body of digital art for Ukraine that would draw attention to the war, as well as express solidarity with the war-torn country. Some of the first to join the platform were renowned Lithuanian illustrators Karolis Strautniekas and Eglė Plytnikaitė, whose works have appeared in The New York Times. While all the images are available to download and distribute for free, they are asking people to donate to the NGO Blue/Yellow, which has been providing support in Ukraine since 2014.
Solidarity with Ukraine Charity Print Sale
Until 11 March
Some of photography’s best-known names have donated their work to this ‘Art for Ukraine’ print sale, which has been organised by Dalston-based creative space Have a Butchers in partnership with Hempstead May & May Print. Images by Venetia Scott, Miles Aldridge and Jamie Hawkesworth sit alongside works by exciting emerging talent including Maisie Cousins, Maxime Imbert and Rodrigo Carmuega in a selection of shots that features portraits of Kate Moss and Adele as well as imagery from Ukraine. Each of the prints is being sold at £50 with all of the money raised going to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.