Buy art and design to support Ukraine: sales and auctions


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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.

‘Solidarity Poster’, The Wrong Shop X Ronan Bouroullec

Discipline: design
Ends: ongoing

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

Discipline: design
Ends: ongoing

‘Mono’ side table, limited edition, €400, by Lucas Faber, being sold in aid of Mission Lifeline, a charity of the designer’s choice

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

Discipline: photography
Ends: ongoing

Eva Dzhyshyashvili

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

Discipline: design
Ends: ongoing

‘28.7 Cluster’ chandelier by 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.


Discipline: mixed
Ends: ongoing

Bettter.Community is showcasing and working to support Ukrainian creatives

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

Discipline: illustration
Ends: ongoing

Artwork by Katerina Filimonova, among a selection, each available in a signed limited edition of 25

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’.

Artists at Risk

Discipline: art
Ends: 30 April 2022

Tacita Dean, detail from Paradise, 2021. © Tacita Dean, 2022

A new solidarity print sale featuring leading artists – among them Nan Goldin, Isaac Julien, Jeremy Deller, Anne Imhof, and Thomas Demand – has been organised by Johannesburg-born artist Adam Broomberg in partnership with Artists at Risk (AR), a non-profit organisation operating at the intersection of human rights and the arts. For the initiative’s first round, each artist has donated a piece of art as an open edition print that will be available to purchase until 30 April 2022 via the Solidarity Prints website. Each edition is priced at €200 per edition, with all proceeds from sales helping to facilitate emergency travel, shelter and financial support to enable affected artists in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and beyond to find safety. A special edition box containing all 70 prints is available for €14,000.