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.
Another Life: Jim Goldberg x Iryna Tsilyk
In ‘Another Life’, Jim Goldberg revisits photographs from a trip taken to Ukraine in 2005-6 and presented alongside reflections by Ukranian writer and filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk. In the limited edition broadsheet publication, Goldberg explores populations outside the mainstream, showcasing an everyday, pre-war Ukraine. All profits will go to Voices of Children, who aim to support the psychosocial rehabilitation of parents and children displaced by the war, provide targeted and humanitarian aid, advocate for children and maintain educational opportunities during the war. Included in five copies are ‘golden tickets’, which can be exchanged for an original print by Goldberg. Each publication is on sale for £16 (€19 / $20 / ₴591).
Following a successful initiative in March by Adam Broomberg, Solidarity Prints is back with a second print sale, as well over 100 international artists have come together in support of their peers put at risk by the war in Ukraine. Each has donated an artwork, available as an open edition print for €200. Participants include William Kentridge, Hank Willis Thomas (For Freedoms), Subodh Guptah, Nan Goldin, Elmgreen & Dragset, Isaac Julien, Thomas Struth, Tacita Dean, Louise Lawler, Anne Imhof, Mark Wallinger, Radhika Khimji, Simon Fujiwara, Rosemarie Trockel, Thomas Demand, Camille Henrot, Anthony Burrill, and many more. Proceeds will support specifically BIPoC art workers and their families. The non-profit organisations EOTO in collaboration with SAVVY Contemporary will facilitate emergency travel, shelter, financial and longer-term support.
Trip:Tych is a niche Ukrainian beauty brand best known for its perfume-diffusing jewellery charms and sleek aluminium-bottled soaps. When the war broke out, the brand’s founder, Anna Hryshenko, relocated her stock to a safer location, but a number of the bottles were damaged in the move. Her first impulse was to consign the products to the trash, but on further reflection she realised that they served as an apt reflection of her current situation. ‘Everyone at Trip:Tych felt that the damaged bottles actually reflected how they felt because of the war,’ says a statement from the brand. ‘The façade may be a bit shattered but they are not completely destroyed. The aluminium bottles, usually so sturdy and rigid, now became liquid-like, adaptive to the circumstances, just like everyone in Ukraine.’ The proceeds of the limited-edition Damaged Beauty line will go towards the reconstruction of one of the ruined kindergartens and primary schools in Borodyanka, near Kyiv.
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.
‘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.
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’.