Buying art is not something you do every day.
It’s completely different to buying other things, like coffee or groceries, or new socks. Generally, buying art is considered a luxury. Because in the grand scheme of stuff we buy, art is not usually considered ‘essential’. Although if we’ve learned anything from recent times it’s that engaging with the arts is a vital part of our day to day lives. The past months have seen the arts provide us both the space for us to disappear from the insides of our homes and multiple platforms to get behind and stand up for what’s right. And right now, a number of online art sales are advocating the act of buying for good via our Instagram feeds, offering up an array of works to raise funds for meaningful causes. Accessible art that stands for something, what could be more essential? Buy some art, feel good about it. Simple. Here’s where we’re looking first.
Art For Light
Bringing together a curated selection of like-minded artists, brands and small businesses, Art for Light is an international Instagram auction raising money and donating 100% of proceeds to the International Rescue Committee’s work in Yemen and the National Black Justice Coalition. Artworks worth bidding on include stoneware fruit bowl by Robert Doran, a paper study by Cheryl Louise Humphreys, Indo-Persian miniature painting by Lilah Tarah, edition of 100 print by Robert Mongomery and an artist’s proof by Andrew Cranston.
@artforlight 10th July – 20th July 2020
Art for First Nations Justice
Arts for First Nations Justice is an initiative raising awareness and funds to combat the effect of the unjust legal system on Indigenous communities in Australia. 100% of the profits will be divided between the Aboriginal Legal Service, a 50-year-old Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that provides free legal assistance throughout NSW and the ACT, and Sisters Inside an independent community organisation that advocates for the collective human rights of women and girls in prison. Taking place over three consecutive Sunday afternoons beginning July 26th, Arts for First Nations Justice will auction off works by an impressive lineup of emerging and established Australian artists including Brook Andrew, Nadia Hernández, Jason Phu, Sofiyah Ruqayah, Mason Kimber, Kai Wazakowski, Mika Benesh, Yiorgo Yiannopoulos and many more.
@art_for_first_nations_justice 26th July 2020
Anti-Racism Photo Fundraiser
Rounding up over 100 photographers, the Anti-Racism Photo Fundraiser is a global print sale donating all profits to three Black British charities and organisations: The Black Curriculum, Black Minds Matter, and Exist Loudly. With all prints priced at £100, about AUD $180, you’re destined to find something you love at an affordable price. Favourites include Charles Moriarty’s “Amy in curlers no.4, Dan’s apt, The Ritz Tower, New York” (2003), Thistle Brown’s “Raine” (2020), Leonn Ward’s “Ath Kids” (2017), Ian Kenneth Bird’s “Untitled (Asher)” (2015) and Paul Yule’s “International Bank of Peru” (1981).
@antiracismphotofundraiser 3rd July – 24th July 2020
Cream Town is an Australian-based collective art shop of 200 artists who have been financially affected by COVID-19. When you buy a work, not only are you supporting three different small businesses—the artist, the framer Hound & Bone Studio, and Cream Town—but $5 from every order goes toward paying the rent to Indigenous community organisations such as SEED Mob and Blaq. The artwork prints available begin at AUD $100 with framing options available. Placing a focus on emerging artists, you’re bound to discover something wonderful by the likes of Leah Norwood, Bobby Vibe Positive, Elli Webb, Tobias Mambwe, Nicole Wong and Jay Davies.