These 9 International Galleries Are Selling Art to Raise Money for Global Health Charities—and They’re Offering Discounts, Too

A portion of proceeds will support healthcare workers and communities hit hardest by the pandemic.

The Connor Brothers, There Are No Extraordinary People Only Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things (2020). Courtesy of Maddox Gallery.
The Connor Brothers, There Are No Extraordinary People Only Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things (2020). Courtesy of Maddox Gallery.

In this time of global crisis, art is far from the minds of most people. But galleries and cultural organizations around the world are joining other businesses to rally support for those who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. 

As the brave new world takes shape, we’re highlighting eight such Artnet Galleries that are leveraging their positions to work with artists and collectors to raise money for charities around the world. If you’re looking to buy some art and do a bit of good, here are a few places you can begin.

 

1. Hauser & Wirth’s #artforbetter Initiative

Who Will Receive Donations: The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, run by the World Health Organization (WHO).

How It Works: Hauser & Wirth will donate 10 percent of proceeds from sales made on its online exhibitions platform.

What It Supports: The WHO’s worldwide effort to help countries prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those with the weakest healthcare systems.

Dates to Know: The initiative will include online exhibitions by George Condo (“Drawings for Distanced Figures,” opening on April 3) and solo presentations of new works by Lorna Simpson and Rashid Johnson.

 

2. Tanya Baxter Contemporary’s “Healing Art Appeal

Who Will Receive Donations: An emergency fundraising campaign for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

How It Works: The gallery is offering buyers discounts of 20 to 30 percent and is donating 10 percent of proceeds to an NHS fundraiser through a partnership with Maudsley Charity.

What It Supports: The funds will go towards the purchase of essential supplies and necessities, toiletries and food for staff, and tools such as iPads that patients can use to stay in contact with loved ones while in isolation.

Dates to Know: Ongoing.

 

3. James Hyman Gallery’s “Special Fundraising Sale for the National Health Service

Who Will Receive Donations: The emergency fundraising campaign for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

How It Works: All profits from sales will go to support the National Health Service, and several works are available for under $1,000.

What It Supports: The purchase of essential supplies and necessities, including proper PPE (personal protective equipment), testing kits, and ventilators.

Dates to Know: The sale will last through April 30, 2020.

 

4. Maddox Gallery’s “Art for Heroes” Sale

Who Will Receive Donations: HEROES, a UK charitable organization founded by doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers.

How It Works: Thirty of Maddox Gallery’s artists have donated artworks to support the campaign. All proceeds from sales will go directly to HEROES, and the gallery has already raised close to half a million pounds.

Who It Supports: Doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers. Money will go towards the purchase of PPE (personal protective equipment), counseling sessions, and meals to be delivered to UK hospitals.

Dates to Know: The sale is ongoing.

 

5. ROSEGALLERY’s LA Food Bank Benefit Sale

Who Will Receive Donations: The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.

How It Works: The gallery is offering a selection of works by photographers Jo Ann Callis and Todd Hido at discounted prices, and will be donating 25 percent of proceeds to the nonprofit.

What It Supports: Disenfranchised communities, to whom meals will be provided.

Dates to Know: The fundraiser and discounted prices will continue through the coming weeks. Contact [email protected] for more details.

 

6. Smith Davidson’s WHO Fundraiser

Who Will Receive Donations: The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, run by the World Health Organization (WHO).

How It Works: Smith Davidson Gallery will donate ten percent of profits of all works purchased in the coming weeks.

What It Supports: The WHO’s worldwide effort to help countries prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those with the weakest healthcare systems.

Dates to Know: Through May.

 

7. JD Malat’s “Henrik Aa. Uldalen Exhibition Fundraiser

Who Will Receive Donations: The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, run by the World Health Organization (WHO).

How It Works: Gallery artist Henrik Aa. Uldalen has created six new works while in isolation. All profits from the sale of these works will be donated to the WHO fund.

What It Supports: The WHO’s worldwide effort to help countries prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly those with the weakest health care systems.

Dates to Know: Ongoing.

 

8. The Magnum Photo Square Print Sale “Turning Points,” in collaboration with the Everyday Projects Monday

Who Will Receive Donations: Médecins Sans Frontières’s COVID-19 Emergency Response.

How It Works: Magnum photographers have selected 120 photographs that will be offered for $100 each. The photographers will be donating 50 percent of proceeds from the sale to Médecins Sans Frontières, an organization that has worked regularly with Magnum photographers for more than 40 years.

What It Supports: Global and local efforts to support doctors and provide care in the most fragile communities. Read more about MSF’s efforts here.

Dates to Know: Through April 12, 2020.

 

9. BlindArte Milano’s ART to STOP COVID-19 Charity Auction

Who Will Receive Donations: Health care institutes in Lombardy and Naples.

How It Works: Artists, gallerists, and collectors are donating artworks to the auction. Buyers can bid in the auction or purchase works immediately at estimate. Buyers will transfer funds directly to charity.

What It Supports: The purchase of essential supplies and necessities, including proper PPE (personal protective equipment), testing kits, and ventilators.

Dates to Know: Each work is being auctioned on an individual rolling basis. Check the gallery website for individual dates.


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