Prints for Ukraine

by George Butler in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

£17,655

£20,000 stretch target 17 days left
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This project will only be funded if at least £4,000 is pledged by 3rd June 2022 at 8:48am

Would you like an editioned print in exchange for a donations to individuals in Ukraine?

by George Butler in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Any additional funds beyond the first £4000 will be donated to Vlad and his team delivering valuable aid in and around the town of Kharkiv, in the east of Ukraine. And to the volunteers in Kyiv helping those like Madame Olga. 


NEW RELEASE: 9th May. 

This is going much better than expected! So I have added another print  - a drawing I am still colouring in from Irpin Bridge, near Kyiv. 

We have raised £4000 for the individuals below. And £6000 for Vlad, whose work you can also read about here. 

PLEASE NOTE, I've sold so many prints that from now on I will have to take a minimal amount from your donation to cover the printing and postage. Sorry DigitalArte (the printer) and I can't afford to do more.  

Further funds will be donated to volunteers helping Madame Olga, and others in Kharkiv and Kyiv. 

It will be non-military aid. (few people rightly asking about that). 

Work in Progress: Irpin Bridge

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This page is about 7 Ukrainians who I met last month. They have remained in their homes and towns playing the evil game of Russian artillery roulette. 

Some have stayed because they are too frail, or without the means to leave, others have chosen to stay to contribute to the Ukrainian war effort. A testament to the human spirit in contrast to what the Russian soldiers have been doing to civilians in Bucha and Marioupol.

I will be producing a signed, limited edition print to raise £20000 (or so) 

Initially £4000 to be divided between the people below. AND when that target is reached the additional funds will go to Vlad. (More on him in a moment).  

If you'd like to donate, I'd like that very much. In return I will send you a signed print of this drawing.  If you can't afford a print any amount will do of course, I'll send you something from my studio anyway.

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Sergey, Olga, Larisa, Vova, Sergey and Tatiana don't know we are doing this, but I hope you will agree when you read their stories below that a small amount of money will go a long way in getting them back on their feet. It would certainly mean the world to them and it would show them that we, the world, are also equally outraged by what is happening there.  

The costs of the first edition of A2 and A3 prints will be covered by George at DigitalArte in Greenwich and me. After that a minimal amount will be taken for the costs of the print.

Volodymyr age 7 was shot in the head in the accident that killed his mother Daria, when a Ukrainian checkpoint opened fire on their car as they tried to escape to safety during the Russian bombardment of Kharkiv. He is learning to walk again in the hospital living with his father Stanislav and 3 year old brother Viktor. 

Madame Olga survived the Great Famine, and then life as a Nazi slave in Dresden. Age 99 she is now too frail to get down the stairs when the air raid sirens go off and so waits on the top floor.  She says she is so worried about the situation in Kyiv that she forgets the words to describe how she feels. 

Larisa is the headmistress of a school in North Saltivka, a place that has been heavily shelled by the Russians. Like the Captain of a ship she remained in her school to keep it open as a shelter for those that couldn't leave the area. The school has since been hit by an airstrike, the 20 people living their survived.

Sergey I met in hospital with a massive bandage round his head. He was in his house when it was bombed, and it collapsed around him. Never has the spirit of such a person shone through across a language barrier. 

Tatiana had been caught in an explosion in Kharkiv and suffered minor trauma to her head. When I met her she opened her right eye and smiled.  But her shaved head and the other side of her face told a different story. A scar runs from her forehead to her cheek bone through her eye socket, and sadly, after two operations she has lost her left eye. This seemed disgustingly unfair even against all the other horrors of this war.  

Sergey is 21 year old medical student.  He lives in the Metro in Kharkiv where he has decided he should stay to treat the 400 other people that have made their homes on the platform and in the train carriages.  He has set up his 'surgery' in a 8ft x 8ft rubbish room, where he treats anyone who needs his help. Which living underground is a great number of people. Unsurprisingly antibiotics are the item he is most short of. 

Vlad was shot whilst delivering aid in his car near Kharkiv, the volunteer next to him was killed. From then on he has made it his mission to help more people. He runs a small volunteer organisation collecting and delivering aid to those in need in Kharkiv. His 35 strong network of young women and men deliver food to soup kitchens, pet food to dog owners and supplies to the schools and the elderly.  They feed 1500 people a day. It's small but its brilliant. His charity is registered in Kharkiv and called D.V.O. You can see there work on instagram @dvo.au

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Volodymyr, in Kharkiv hospital

The Drawing: 

The drawing is of Ukrainian workers protecting the statue of Nica, a Greek Goddess erected in Constitution Square in Kharkiv in 1991.  She represents Ukrainian Independence and is being wrapped up in sandbags to protect her from the Russian artillery. One of the Ukrainian workers told me it will take 400 tonnes of sand and 17000 bags to complete the job, which they started on 26th March 2022.

She is now wrapped up as the shelling continues. 

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Photograph by Paul Grover. 

'T&Cs'

  • Your donations will come into my business account, be accounted for and delivered via Western Union in Ukrainian Hryvnia. I'll also cover those fees. 
  • Because I'm not a charity and it is in return for a product there can be no GiftAid. 
  • If for any reason I can't find these 6 people again once this campaign is over I will donate the funds to Vlad's work. You can also visit his Instagram page at dvo.au (But its in Ukrainian). 
  • It will take me a few weeks once this campaign has finished to produce deliver the prints.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£120 or more

11 of 40 claimed

NEW Signed Print (Large, Editioned of 30)

NEW RELEASE. Irpin Bridge. (Better image coming soon.) It shows people walking back to Irpin (outside Kyiv) after the liberation under the bridge that was destroyed in the fighting. It is as far as the Russian army got in trying to reach Kyiv. Signed and edition print of 40. 60cm x 42cm Archival Printed on 188gsm Hahnemuhle PhotoRag Unframed Delivery included by end of July.

£75 or more

30 of 45 claimed

Signed Print (Medium, Editioned of 45)

NEW RELEASE. Irpin Bridge. (Better image coming soon.) It shows people walking back to Irpin (outside Kyiv) after the liberation under the bridge that was destroyed in the fighting. It is as far as the Russian army got in trying to reach Kyiv. Signed and edition print of 45. 42cm x 29.7cm Archival Printed on 188gsm Hahnemuhle PhotoRag Unframed Delivery included by end of July.

£75 or more

45 of 45 claimed

Signed Print (Medium, Editioned of 30)

Statue of Nica, Kharkiv, a symbol of Ukrainian Independence. Now being wrapped in sandbags to protect her and everything she represents from the ongoing Russian artillery. Signed and edition print of 30. 42cm x 29.7cm Archival Printed on 188gsm Hahnemuhle PhotoRag Unframed Delivery included by end of July. Printing costs covered by George at DigitalArte and George Butler.

£120 or more

30 of 30 claimed

Signed Print (Large, Editioned of 30)

Statue of Nica, Kharkiv, a symbol of Ukrainian Independence. Now being wrapped in sandbags to protect her and everything she represents from the ongoing Russian artillery. Signed and edition print of 30. 60cm x 42cm Archival Printed on 188gsm Hahnemuhle PhotoRag Unframed Delivery included by end of July. Printing costs covered by George at DigitalArte and George Butler.

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