Author: The Auction Collective
Published: 03 Mar 2022
Help Ukraine: Without Reserve
Ukrainian, Russian, and British artists coming together to support the Ukrainian people – a fundraising auction curated by RABOTA.
RABOTA invites British, Russian, and Ukrainian artists to submit artwork to a fundraising auction to help those affected by the war in Ukraine. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee, Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
The 10-day-long timed auction will begin on 18 March and will include paintings, ceramics, photos, and prints. To guarantee that every work sells and so as much funding as possible is raised, all artwork will be offered with no minimum starting prices.
Where do the proceeds go?
Proceeds of the auction will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) - Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. DEC charities and their local partners are in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance to the million refugees fleeing the war.
Who can enter?
Any artist who lives, works or was born in the UK, Ukraine or Russia.
For Russian citizens, we understand there are dangers when showing public support for the Ukrainian people, so please be aware of the risks involved before donating to this auction.
What can I submit?
Artists can submit one work. There is no theme or restriction on size or medium. Paintings, ceramics, photographs and prints are all acceptable. The artist is responsible for shipping, so please consider this when choosing what to donate.
How will works be selected?
Artwork will be reviewed by RABOTA curators George Nelson and Marina Antsiperova, and Francesca Wilson, The Auction Collective curator.
Spaces for artwork are limited. Those that are not selected will be notified by The Auction Collective.
What does ‘No Reserves’ mean?
The reserve is the minimum amount that a seller will accept as the winning bid. So, a ‘no reserve’ auction means bidding starts at £0.
To guarantee that every work sells, and therefore as much funding as possible is raised for this critical moment for the Ukrainian people, all artwork will be offered with no reserves.
All artwork will, however, include an auction estimate that reflects the true market value of the artwork. This estimate will be set by the artists (see How to Set Auction Estimates).
Will 100 % of the sale be donated?
Artists can choose to donate the full amount of their sale proceeds or a percentage in order to cover their production costs.
The Auction Collective will take 9% (Incl. VAT) of each sold artwork to cover costs of the auction logistics (payment processing, web hosting etc.).
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How will payments work?
The Auction Collective will collect payment from the buyers. The Auction Collective will transfer the sale proceeds to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Who takes care of shipping?
Artists are responsible for shipping the artwork to the buyers. This can be free of charge or paid for separately by the buyer after the auction (via invoice from the artists). This will be made clear on each artwork page at the launch of the auction.
What are the deadlines?
- 10 March: Deadline for submitting artwork
- 14 March: Artists will be notified of selection
- 18 March: Auction Goes Live
- 28 March, 4 pm: Auction Ends
How do I submit work?
Send your submission to [email protected]
In the email, please include:
- Up to 3 Images - No larger than 3MB and in JPEG or PNG format (if available do include a studio image or artist portrait shot to help with future marketing)
- Artist name
- Size (including frame if applicable)
- Your website
- Your social media accounts
When large-scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC (Disasters and Emergency Committee) brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently.
Intense conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country. Families have been separated. People have been injured. Lives have been lost.
DEC charities are in Ukraine and neighbouring countries meeting the needs of more than a million refugees and displaced people.
RABOTA is a platform promoting contemporary artists from post-Soviet countries, particularly Russia and Ukraine, in the UK through auctions and exhibitions.
The platform was founded in 2021 by George Nelson, an arts writer who reports for The Art Newspaper and other publications from Eastern Europe and the UK.