International silent auction gives light to refugees affected by COVID-19

For the month of June, art patrons, curators, gallerists and art lovers alike are invited to attend Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees; an online exhibition come silent auction in support of charity All proceeds received from the sales of artworks will be donated directly to Help Refugees.

Launching on Tuesday 9 June and spanning three weeks, the online exhibition aims to raise funds for the refugees affected by the COVID-19 crisis through the love of art. With bidding prices starting at $70 AUD (£40), there’s something for everyone.

Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees showcases a wide spectrum of art from 140 well-established and emerging artists from all corners of the globe via silent auction website GalaBid. With internationally renowned artists including Anita Taylor (UK), Emmanuelle Bousquet (France), Ian Howard (Australia), Sunyoung Hwang (South Korean), Guy Warren (Australia), Stacie McCormick (US), Belinda Fox (Netherlands), Luke Sciberras (Australia) and Hyejin Shin (South Korean), the exhibiting artists all bring a unique perspective for this global cause.

Open until Friday 29 June, the general public are invited to attend the online exhibition, register, and bid in the silent auction, in support of Help Refugees; a pioneering charity movement in humanitarian aid that advocates for long term impact against injustice and provides critical support to vulnerable communities, particularly those affected by the current global pandemic.

“The threat of COVID-19 breaking out in the overcrowded, unsanitary refugee camps where we work, is huge and terrifying. With our partners on the frontlines, we are doing everything we can to prevent outbreaks whilst also preparing for the worst,” said Philli Boyle, Director & Head of Partnerships Help Refugees.

“We could not be more grateful to Nicky Ginsberg and her amazing curatorial team Choose Art Give Light to Refugees and to all the artists and buyers who contribute to this very vital cause. This generosity will go a long way to helping us meet the needs on the ground at this challenging time.”

Led by an impressive curatorial committee of industry professionals, international curators, directors and gallerists who have worked in private, commercial, and museum sectors, the exhibition has a passionate committee at the helm. Founded by Nicky Ginsberg, long standing gallerist and Director of NG Art Creative Residency (France), the project has brought together an esteemed curatorial team consisting of international art historian, curator and Consulting Director of Drawing Projects UK Gary Sangster (UK), Sohyun Kim (UK), Gabriella Beaumont (Australia) and Ellinor Pelz (Australia), all who have worked alongside Nicky on international curatorial projects.

“During this global pandemic the support of the world is crucial in achieving our goal, ultimately raising funds for Help Refugees and artists who have also been severely impacted by this outbreak. Placing them on an international online stage for all to see, will further generate interest to their work, sales and new audiences whilst supporting those in need with the most basic sanitary necessities and conditions,” said founder Nicky Ginsberg.


Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees is open from Monday 8 June to Monday 29 June and can be viewed here.

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