Art for the greater good

Tappan Collective

This season, digital art gallery Tappan Collective launched the Give Back initiative, inviting four guests - Bobby Berk, Eva Chen, Maya Erskine and Malene Barnett - to curate collections. From now until 14 December, a portion of sales proceeds from selected works will be donated to a charity of the curator’s choice. Interior designer and star of Queer Eye Bobby Berk’s curation includes work by LA-based artist Marleigh Culver, with proceeds going towards the It Get’s Better Project, an organisation empowering the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth. Activist and artist Malene Barnett selected the Black Artists + Designers Guild to benefit from the sale. Other featured artists include Daniel Fletcher, Divine Southgate-Smith and Dana Veraldi.

Daniel Fletcher, Draw Me In, Limited Edition Print. Part of Maya Erskine’s selection for Tappan Collective’s Give Back Initiative


Prospect believes that ‘art should be shared, and that high culture should be within reach’. With a track record of often-charitable collaborations with top-tier artists, from Lawrence Weiner to Enoc Perez, the New-York based company strives to make art objects accessible, distinctive and ‘cool’. This season Prospect showcases its collaboration with Israeli artist Nir Hod to offer the timely Nothing Lasts Forever/CORONA soap with 20 per cent of sales proceeds benefiting the Central Emergency Response Fund for coronavirus aid efforts. Elsewhere is Seoul-born artist Bonam Kim’s Hannah & Him candles, made exclusively for The Standard and designed to ‘honour the immanent beauty in humanity’ and Judy Chicago’s A Goddess Glow candle celebrates the feminine divine and resurgence in global feminist consciousness.

A Goddess Glow candle by Judy Chicago available on prospect - our pick of the best art gifts 2020

A Goddess Glow candle by Judy Chicago. $75 each, edition of 1500. Image courtesy of Prospect 


Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage and Italian fashion designer Stella Jean have teamed up to create two limited edition jumper designs for the second edition of ArtColLab – a non-profit initiative conceived by Turin’s Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. The collection is rooted in championing diversity and multiculturalism and features Armitage’s ethereal, dreamlike colour palette. The capsule collection comprises two limited-edition pure wool sweaters with ethical practices and sustainability at the core. Sales proceeds will support young creatives through Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Available to purchase through YOOX, £855 each.

‘Kiziwani’ sweaters by Stella Jean and Michael Armitage for ArtColLab, 2020. Courtesy of ArtColLab and JI+DOH photography

Outside the box

The Hepworth Wakefield

As a three-time Association of Cultural Enterprises Product Award winner, The Hepworth Wakefield shop has more accolades than most. Highlights this year include the perennial favourite, Alex Sickling’s illustrated planter, which pays apt homage to Barbara Hepworth, and Anthea Hamilton’s glass Melon sculpture. Two brand new artists editions are up for grabs: Michael Craig-Martin’s Art for Life and Linder Sterling’s Spirit Wash. Elsewhere, Chattyfeet’s artist-inspired socks are among other inventive items you didn’t know you needed - who wouldn’t want to unwrap a ‘Frida Callus’, or a ‘David Sock Knee’?

Barbara Hepworth Planter by Alex Sickling Ceramic. £30

Anthea Hamilton Melon, 2017 Glass, edition of 18. £1,800

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Over on the Gateshead-based art centre’s online shop, ‘unconventional’ is the operative word. A range of fun, and wonderfully kitsch artist baubles would make for the centrepiece of any tree – why would anyone turn down a 3D figurine of Yayoi Kusama? Elsewhere, and in line with our new normal, is a series of seasonally-appropriate Andy Tuohy-designed facemasks include a dynamic Kraftwerk option in icy blue and white. Meanwhile, David Shrigley’s snarkily-toned travel tumbler reads Don’t Touch My Stuff Or My Face Or My Hair – a phrase that feels more pragmatic than rude in our strange new world.

David Shrigley’s Don’t Touch My Stuff travel tumbler, available from the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art - part of our pick of the best art gifts 2020

David Shrigley’s Don’t Touch My Stuff travel tumbler. £39.95 each

Concepts for kids

Guggenheim Art Kits

On the hunt for something to entertain a budding draughtsperson or painter in the New Year? Guggenheim may have a solution: a complete ‘art experience’ available from home. The Guggenheim Art Kits, designed with children in mind, include a specially curated set of high-quality art materials, from Faber-Castell colour pencils to paper-patterning scissors and washi tape. Kits then activate via six live online sessions with Guggenheim educators, through virtual museum visits and art activities designed to inspire creativity and learning. Classes begin on 20 January 2021, $150, ($125 for members).

Guggenheim Art Kits - part of Wallpaper* Magazine’s pick of the most creative art gifts for 2020

Guggenheim Art Kits

For the aspiring collector

Dallas Contemporary 

Dallas Contemporary’s core mission is presenting new and challenging ideas from regional, national and international artists, sentiments that extend into its gallery shop. On offer this season are two prints by artist Yoshitomo Nara, released ahead of his exhibition at the gallery in January. In another mode, an oversized woven blanket by Dallas-based fashion designer and Solange collaborator Charles Smith II promises to bring a little bit of Texas into your home, and a series of limited-edition ceramic plates feature designs by artists Richard Phillips and Francesco Clemente.

Francesco Clemente, Set of 6 Limited Edition Ceramic Plates, $1,500.00. Also available seperately for $275 each

Whitechapel Gallery

The eager art collector need not look much further than Whitechapel Gallery’s online offering. This collection of affordable limited-edition contemporary works have been donated by the artists to help support the galleries Gallery’s exhibition and education programme. Among the pieces are Christina Quarles’ Laid Up, which accompanied the exhibition ‘Radical Figures; Painting in the New Millennium’ at the gallery earlier this year. Elsewhere, Renee So explores the Bellarmine genre in Sunset and Helen Cammock refers to a constantly changing pattern or sequence of elements in her minimal Kaleidoscope diptych.

Helen Cammock, Kaleidoscope, available to buy from the Whitechapel gallery website - part of our pick of the best art gift ideas 2020

Helen Cammock, Kaleidoscope, 2019, Diptych, silkscreen prints, 41.6 x 31.7 cm, edition of 40, signed and numbered. £450 (Members’ price £405)