Limerick artist helps organize online auction to benefit Ukrainian refugees

LIMERICK artist uses his artwork to raise vital funds for Ukrainian refugees.

The work of Corbally-born artist Maurice Quillinan, along with that of more than 40 other notable Irish and Ukrainian artists, has been featured in a global online auction to benefit the war in Ukraine.

“Art Auction Ukraine” was initiated by Hambly & Hambly and co-curated by Limerick-based international artist and curator, Maurice Quillinan and Northern Irish artist, Diane Henshaw.

Quillinan, a guest artist at the annual RHA 2022 exhibition, was due to launch an exhibition of works by 10 Irish artists which was due to take place in Kyiv from June to September 2022.

The exhibition was part of a cultural project between Ireland and Ukraine, in which all proceeds raised will go directly to UNICEF’s appeal for Ukrainian refugees.

Internationally acclaimed Ukrainian artist Maria Kulikovska, who had discussed the Kyiv project with Irish artists, also donated her work to the auction.

She recently fled Ukraine with her 6 month old baby.

Her husband, Uleg Vinnichenko, with whom she established GARAGE33 – a conflict-free gallery for contemporary artists in Kyiv, remains in Ukraine and cannot leave.

All of the donating artists said they were very committed to the need to support the Ukrainian people through art in this time of crisis following the invasion of their country.

Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) graduate Maurice Quillinan, who studied nature drawing in Paris after moving from his home county, donated an oil painting, ‘Burren Notebook’ .

Hambly & Hambly, a leading cross-border Irish art gallery and cultural centre, are hosting and running the auction, free of charge.

A minimum of 50% of the sale price of each artwork will be donated directly to UNICEF’s Ukrainian Refugee Appeal.

“Art Auction Ukraine” went live on Friday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m., with bidding open until midnight on April 5.

To register for the event, visit Hambly & Hambly online.

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