Over the last few weeks and months, numerous art and photography sales have launched in order to raise vital funds for those most affected by the Covid-19 crisis, including Kesewa Aboah’s digital exhibition and the Christie’s auction of Andy Warhol’s photographs. Now, in response to the Black Lives Matter protests currently sweeping the globe, a new collection of powerful imagery is raising money to help local organisations and support the movement.
The Earth Issue – a collective of artists and creative professionals that bring together fine art and environmentalism – has launched a print sale to raise money for bail funds and social justice charities, in response to the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. Titled ‘The Freedom Fundraiser’, the sale features prints from over 80 artists and has already raised £70,000 since launching on 5 June.
Numerous recognisable names across fashion and art photography have donated works to the sale, which will be running until Sunday 5 July, including Adama Jalloh, Jack Davison, Harley Weir, Alexandra Leese, Amber Pinkerton, Elena Cremona, and Ronan McKenzie. The sale has proved hugely popular, with a number of the prints already selling out.
Each print costs £100, with all the proceeds after printing and shipping costs being shared evenly between two charities: the Bail Funds: George Floyd platform, which splits any donations between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organisers, and the UK-based charity 4FrontProject, which works with young people and communities to help fight for justice, peace and freedom.
“We were outraged by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police and the continuous way the Government both in the US and the UK systematically continue to fail black people,” The Earth Issue said in a statement. “We were also frustrated by brands releasing hollow statements of ‘solidarity’ and not acting upon them further than face value. We wanted to mobilise our rage into something constructive to support the Black Lives Matter movement, henceforth The Freedom Fundraiser was created.”