An art auction, which is live for two weeks from today, is selling works from artists across the globe, with all proceeds going toward humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
The timed auction, which is being hosted by Art Aid Ukraine, includes works from contemporary artists covering a range of practices, such as Jean Jullien, Matt Small, Tacita Dean and Liz Fritsch.
The involvement of Bran Symondson, too, has a particular poignancy; the British artist and sculptor is known for works relating to war and conflict, previously including the War in Afghanistan. He’s repeatedly repeated the image of the AK-47 assault rifle and turned them into works of art.
100% of the proceeds raised from the auction will go to charities and organisations that specifically supply medicine to hospitals and medics in the besieged Ukraine, including Ukraine Charity, Relief Aid and Medicine for Ukraine.
Medicine for Ukraine was set up by a Ukrainian-born UK national, Lesia, and her partner Adam. They decided to leave their London home when news of Russia’s invasion first broke, helping Lesia’s family at first on the Romanian / Ukrainian border before assisting others and supplying hospitals in Ukraine.
All of this comes as the war in Ukraine continues to bring suffering to the country, with notable attention being placed on the southern city of Mariupol and the weeks of relentless bombardment it’s faced.
Around 100,000 civilians are reported to still be living in Mariupol, which is now occupied by Russian forces, whilst up to 2,000 Ukrainian troops are trapped at the Azovstal steelworks, the last stronghold in the city.