Donations Appeal

Hi Everyone,

I just want to take a few moments to thank you all so much! The effort that everybody is putting into this fundraising project has blown me away. We’ve reached artists I never dreamed of to come and join us the likes of Ralph Steadman, Rob Ryan, Jon Gray, Jamie Keenan, Iain McCaig and so many more. Also get publicity in Design Week, Digital Arts online and Causal Optimist all in under 3 weeks!

The Blog page shows me all the people we have reached around the globe with the united force that is AforA – we have become one massive team and I thank you for all your art contributions, tweeting, Instagam post’s and reaching out on behalf of ArtWorksForAid

Now, the real work begins, time to get this cash in the pot so we can help those people working tirelessly on the ground in Calais. We have all seen the news reports this last week. I watched it unfold on my FB feed from the people on the ground 24 hours before the media reported it. The truth it seems is that as many families slept in their tents as peacefully as is possible (under these conditions) at the police tore though the camps just outside of the main ‘Jungle’ camp (which now houses over 4000 people) and tear gassed men, women, children, elderly, disabled and the sick. The bulldozed through the camp and displaced the displaced, not allowing anyone to take any of their very little possessions. Family photographs of lost loved ones, passports and other personal things that cannot be replaced.

I need your help now more than ever. I am not going to lie to you – I took a chance to put this thing together and all along thinking ‘What if no one helps?’ ‘What if this all falls flat on it’s face and it’s over before it’s begun?’. I still think that every day and then someone donates art work and I am lifted! But now I need help to raise these funds that we are working so hard to get in. I really need the donations to start coming in – just the same way as the art. So, we can help Art Refuge UK and Human Relief Foundation to do the work on the ground. This could be anyone of us needing this help. But thankfully it’s not us, but we are in a position to help others – so please let me know this crazy project to help people just like you and me – that was dreamed up over a weekend of feeling completely helpless watching tragic news reports of children washed up on shores has not been something that fails now.

Please donate any amount you possibly can to our Just Giving page. You can choose the charity you would like to donate to on the team page. The art is selling but not all of you may want to bid on the FB page – but you can help with a small donation. I cannot tell you how grateful I already am, but let’s just go the last mile and make this happen.

‘if you build them, they will come’ – Field of dreams and my mantra every day

Thankful and Grateful

Nina Tara


Where is the auction and how can I bid?

There has been a bit of confusion as to how the auction is working. So, here is a brief outline – I hope it helps

• The auction takes place every weekday – Monday though to Friday.
• It commences at UK time Converter here and closes 24 hrs later at 9.30.a.m the following day.
• There is a new piece up every weekday. Some may require you to pay for postage and packing – the item will have that marked on the day – so please insure you check this.
• The bidding takes place on a ONLY ON THE FB page here.
• All bids to be left in the comments section under the artwork up for auction on the day. No other comments – just your bid amount.
• If you do not have FB then you can ask a friend or colleague to bid on your behalf.
• The final and highest bidder will be contacted via messenger to get details of payment (Just Giving page should be live in the next day or so) and also to get postal details.
• Once your payment has gone through the artwork will be sent to you.
• You can find more detailed auction guidelines here
Thank you for all your support – it means a lot to us here at AforA

Auction guidelines

It’s time to put your money where it matters! Wonderfully talented and extremely generous creatives have been donating beautiful works of art and AforA are kick starting the fundraising with our AforA Auction –

1) this will run on weekdays only (Monday to Friday)

2) Each piece will be up for auction for 24 hours (starting at 9.30 a.m GMT U.K) Time zone calculator can be found here

3) If you would like to bid for the piece please leave the amount you would like to bid in the comments below the artwork. Please no other comments – just bids in UK pounds – currency converter can be found here.

4) The bid will close at 9.30 a.m the following day with an final comment from AforA saying SOLD and the highest bidder will be able to purchase the artwork on auction. If you however you wish to decline the offer, the purchase will automatically be offered to the next highest bidder.

5) I will contact the highest bidder via messenger (so please insure you like the page so we are able to contact you) on close of auction to forward details of how to pay for your purchase (into our Just Giving page) and will also require mailing details which we can do via e-mail – I will pass on your details to the artist – who will post directly to you as soon your donation has been processed and cleared.

All monies will be paid into a Just Giving Page – this will also be available for donations without purchasing any artwork. The charities we are supporting are Human Relief Fund and Art Refuge UK who are already working tirelessly on the ‘frontline’ providing aid, supplies and therapy to help those suffering with psychological traumas, of which there are many.

*Donating artists are responsible for getting their item to the buyer (and for paying postage and packaging). This Facebook page has support from across the globe, so if you’re worried about potential postage costs can you please specify where you will and won’t send to upon sending me the Jpeg of your artwork.

PLEASE READ: WE CANNOT be held responsible for any problems following any transactions. This would be between the ARTIST/BUYER. We simply act as a conduit and a facilitator to raise money for these two charities. Thank you so much for all your support in making this fundraising project a possibility.

Press Coverage

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Digital Arts Online

We have received our first Press Release – Thank you @digitalartsonline. Come and join our lovely list of wonderful contributors!

“This is this a powerful way for both artists and lovers of art alike to show compassion and provide practical help to others in crisis on a personal level, but there’s also something significant and compelling about creative people from all over the world standing together in solidarity to bring help and hope to those who are in great need. It’s an opportunity to show that art is not insignificant or frivolous – it can make a real difference.” Becca Martin of Digital Arts Online

Go see……….

Suburban Magazine

Design Week

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Why do we need your art and your money…?

ArtWorksforaid (or as my good friend James Jones called it AforA)  went live 4 days ago – and I won’t lie – there are moments when I wonder ‘Oh my, is this going to work – are we going to be able to pull this off and raise these much needed funds?’ Funds to buy the urgent supplies like tarpaulin, tents, portable toilets, pots, scarves, socks, blankets, shoes, toothpaste, sleeping bags, food, water, soap ….you know the things we don’t have to think about because we have them in our cupboards.

Then just as I am feeling a little deflated and lost ….. I’ll get a reply to one of the trillion e-mails I am sending out. Or a phone call from an artist I admire and the list for contributors grows, a re-tweet, or a share from the FB page and suddenly I find the energy to keep going because I feel like we can do this! So, thank you for all the support you guys are showing. I know you are all really busy with your own deadlines, families and life in general, but just the fact that you are taking the time to do these things mean a lot to us at AforA – THANK YOU!

Many folk have been asking where the funds are going. My initial idea was to travel out to Calais with the supplies (that was my thinking two weeks ago) but my research has connected me to good people that are working tirelessly on the ‘frontline’ and attempting to do some incredible work.

People like Adam Kelwick, who is a key member of the Human Relief Foundation. HRF are also working in partnership with UN-Habitat, World Food programme, UNDP, World Health Organization, EU and Unicef. In fact I spoke to Adam yesterday and he will be attending the emergency meeting being held at Parliament today to talk about the refugee crisis. He has been working with his team on opening and establishing commutations with key members of the camps and managing teams to organise a more efficient way to distributed the much needed aid.


The other initiative that is working on supporting the community in the camps is Art Refuge. Art Refuge UK is planning to undertake a two month art therapy pilot project from mid September 2015, in response to the severe and diverse psychosocial needs of the refugees and migrants living in the camp known as the ‘Jungle’ in Calais.

“Boat journey” painted by a 14 year old unaccompanied asylum seeker from Egypt. He used the art therapy space in the Calais refugee camp to create this painting and talk with some of the men in the Medecins du Monde psychosocial tent. After this visit, he frequently returned to make images.

Bobby Lloyd who is a key member of the Art Refuge says ‘Throughout August, ArtRefuge UK art therapist Naomi Press worked in the camp for Medecins du Monde and with the support of their psychologist, started to trial an art therapy space in their new psychosocial support tent. This was rapidly full to capacity with men and teenagers seeking out a safe space within which to sit alone and with others, engage in art-making and begin to process some of their experiences. Naomi’s specialist training enabled her to respond sensitively to individuals’ verbal and non-verbal communications, to recognise and respond appropriately to signs of trauma and other mental health issues, and to bear witness through their images, to people’s traumatic stories and testimonies. The art-making space encouraged connections to be fostered between people, and human experience to be shared across different languages and cultures. Over this short time such a space already allowed a number of children and adults to start to recover some sense of meaning, agency, hope in an otherwise often helpless situation, and Naomi even witnessed small moments of joy.’

So, you see this is why I need your art, your support to spread the word and also for you to get your money out to buy the wonderful limited edition/original/prints artworks that are being donated. So we can support these good initiatives with the important work they are doing to not only help the refugees with nourishment and basic supplies for the body – but also for the on going therapy they will need to take care of their minds.

A small act of kindness….oh, and some cash for purchases is all we are asking for at AforA
; ) So we can help some more good people do their jobs to help good people that need it the most… see… win, win!

Contributors so far…..

Ralph Steadman • Iain McCaigAllen Williams • Petra BörnerIan BeckJoey Fieldman • Jonny DuddleJoey Feldman • Rob Ryan • Adam Stower • Jon Gray • Jamie Keenan • Joel Holland • Steve MayDan MogfordMikey Burton • Joe Cummings Good Hope & LuckHenry Sene Yee • Nathan Burton • Iacopo Bruno • David WardleAl Murphy • Marc Scheff • Matt Buckingham Cee Biscoe • Mark Swan • Greg Heinimann • Anna Morrison • Adam Graff • Louis Netter • Suzanne Dean • Ian Cunliffe • Leo Nickolls • Duncan Smith • Strawberry Donnelly • Liz Catchpole • Nina Tara • Lucie Stericker • Peter Adlington • Rachel Vale • Mark Ecob • Henry Steadman • Abi Hartshorne • Steve MarkingPeter Gray • Jo Garden • Jonathan Pelham • Tash Webber • Helen Hallows • Dominic Forbes • Laura Bird • Chris Inns • James Jones • Lisa Horton • Bobby Lloyd • Alexandra Allden • Joe Walker • Catherine JognsonAmanda ColvilleEric ChauvinSusie Hetherington • Anastasia Catris • Hilary Walker • Lauren Panepinto • Jennifer Heuer • Neil Wainwight • Mark PowellLaura DockrillArchie Ferguson • Peter GrayAl MurphyZoe More O’FerralLouis NetterMelanie Muir • Barnaby Hall • Neil Gower • Mark Swan •


Welcome and thank you for visiting this page.

We have all been moved by the plights of the refugee crisis currently unfolding in Europe. We have donated and we have signed the petitions. So, is it possible to continue taking positive action to help the people that have been displaced and are in need of urgent aid and supplies. YES!

As a result we creatives have decided to use our talents, expertise and art to raise these urgent funds though the sale of our artworks. With these funds we can purchase and distribute much needed items to those in the  camps they are calling the ‘Jungle’ in Calais. By reaching out and sharing with other smaller initiatives working tirelessly with the people on the frontline we can help to provide assistance and much needed aid.

Please help us reach our goal to raise these funds and join us in our online sale of original artworks and prints (coming soon) from artists all over the globe, (see the list of contributors so far) who have one common goal in mind – they want to make a difference in someone else’s life, no matter how small. A simple act of kindness for other people.

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People like these… just like you and me. People with families, jobs, lives, goals, hopes and dreams but now finding themselves displaced by war, far from home – where they truly want to be, but now many are without some members of their families. People who didn’t choose war – people who want to just live in peace and be seen as human…. just like you and I.  All images ©Antonio Olmos