Auction aims to help refugees in the time of coronavirus


Professor Anita Taylor, Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, is among the internationally renowned artists taking part in an online exhibition in support of refugees affected by Covid-19.

Choose Art | Give Light to Refugees’ will culminate in a silent auction on Sunday 28 June, with all money raised going towards the Help Refugees charity.

The exhibition showcases a wide spectrum of work from artists from all corners of the globe, and members of the public are invited to attend and bid on items that catch their eye.

Professor Taylor was appointed Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone, part of the University of Dundee, last year. She has contributed a charcoal drawing, entitled Pause, which has so far attracted a highest bid of £600, to the exhibition.

Professor Taylor believes that drawing is a fundamental way of understanding our place in the world and in relation to our fellow humans.

“The work that I have given to the auction is a modest, intimate drawing that is about stopping to reflect,” she said: “It draws on reflection in order to explore what it looks like and feels like to be part of this world, and how we engage with it and with others.

“It is a drawing that’s literally about pausing to take breath and for that reason I think it’s the right piece to give to this cause.”

“The auction is in aid of a hidden group of people who are devastatingly affected by the pandemic.”

” It’s about helping refugees to gain access medical and sanitary supplies, products and support, and to make their lives better.”

“There are some wonderful pieces of work in this auction so, if you can do so, please consider buying one.”

Help Refugees is 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,” said Philli Boyle, Director of Help Refugees. “With our partners on the frontlines, we are doing everything we can to prevent outbreaks whilst also preparing for the worst.

“We could not be more grateful to 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.”

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