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23rd March 2022 | Guest Writer: Marianna Capelli
In this article, guest writer Marianna Capelli introduces a series of charities and foundations supporting artists fleeing zones of conflict, as well as a few fundraising events for Ukraine happening in London throughout March and April.

My Dog Sighs, Graffiti art in Cardiff, UK. Courtesy of the artist.
In light of the current war in Ukraine, Image Curators Advisory has compiled a list of active organizations supporting artists leaving vulnerable countries. Apart from country-specific organizations, all of the following cover international zones of conflicts (mainly but not limited to Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Palestine).

1
Artists at Risk (AR) is an NGO organization collaborating with global partners (including governments). AR works on projects building job opportunities and residencies for persecuted artists and providing financial assistance.

2
New University in Exile Consortium (New School) offers fellowships to endangered artists in NY. They also have a programme supporting endangered scholars and students internationally.

3
Artist Protection Fund (APF) is an initiative of the Institute of International Education sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. APF makes fellowship grants to endangered artists and places them at host institutions in safe countries.
4
In Place of War is a global organisation using creativity in places of conflict as a tool for positive change through fellowships, artistic projects, and funding (through external partners). It supports individuals or communities affected by war, post-war, gang-war and political oppression.
5
Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI) is a US-based organization that offers at-risk artists pro bono legal representation, US visas, resettlement assistance, and facilitating fellowships and residencies in the US. They also have a specific project for Afghan artists (Afghan Artists Protection Plan), which includes the resettling of Afghan artists and their families in the US.
6
Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA) provides financial and legal assistance to artists fleeing Afghanistan, in collaboration with AFI.

Maria Prymachenko, Our Army Our Protectors, 1978. Gouache on paper, 61 x 86 cm. Courtesy of wikiart.org.
If you want to contribute in any way, you might want to consider donating to any of the previously mentioned charities and organizations, or you can also join a fundraising event near you!


Here is a list of upcoming events in London:

SOLOVEYKO: AN EVENING OF MUSIC FOR UKRAINE
An evening of music by Ukrainian composers, with all proceeds to go towards the Red Cross Disasters Emergency Committee - Ukraine Appeal.
March 25th 2022 @19.30. St Giles Cripplegate, Fore Street, EC2Y 8DA, London.
ART FOR UKRAINE
A charity auction (starting at £20) to raise funds for the British Red Cross Emergency Appeal for Ukraine.
March 25th 2022 @18.00 St Peter’s Church, Notting Hill, W11 2PN, London.
A SPRING SONG FOR UKRAINE
A music fundraiser event for UNICEF Ukraine Emergency featuring live acts and DJs.
March 27th 2022 @18.00-22-30. The Post Bar, 316 High Road, N15 4BP, London.





Lea Pateman, Even in the Darkest of Times, There is Hope. Oil on canvas, 71 x 60 cm. Currently auctioning for Art for Ukraine. Opening Bid: £200.
ONLINE CHARITY WHISKEY TASTING
Online whiskey tasting class supporting Ukrainian Refugees in Poland. All profits are going to Polish Humanitarian Action.
March 28th 2022 @19.00-20.30. Hosted on the Virtual Whisky Masterclass Facebook page. UK mainland only.
MUSIC FOR UKRAINE
A violin and piano recital by Kate Conway and Mark Kinkaid, all proceeds donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) to help Ukraine.
March 31st 2022, @20.00 Suzuki hub, 11 Weymouth Terrace, E2 8LR, London.

CANDLES FOR UKRAINE
An evening of classical and folk music at the Fitzrovia Chapel, all proceeds going to DEC - Ukraine Appeal.
April 08th 2022, @18.00-19.00. Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzroy Place, W1T 3BF, London.

Click here to find other fundraiser events near you, and here to find out how you can help Ukraine and Ukrainian Refugees (here for the UK)


About the Writer
Marianna Capelli was born in the middle of nowhere, Northern Italy. She moved to London in 2015 to study Asian Art History and Mandarin Chinese at SOAS University of London and fell in love with the contemporary art world.

Temporarily back to the provincial life, she spends her days burying her nose in a book (or multiple books, mostly). The rest of the time, Marianna likes being opinionated about things and writing about art, culture and everything queer.

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