Doncaster art gallery holding free auction to raise money for Ukraine

17 March 2022

‘The Gallery Gate’ in Doncaster is to hold an art auction this Sunday with proceeds dedicated to helping Ukraine amidst the Russian crisis.

The auction, which will be held on Sunday the 20th March, is expected to have a strong turnout from people across South Yorkshire.

The manager of the Gallery Gate, Kim Farr, only advertised the event a few weeks ago but has since had an amazing response.

Kim, 49, from Doncaster, said: “People have travelled from Barnsley and Hull to drop art off at the gallery.

She said: “I’ve received about 100 pieces of work so far.” 

Kim was part of another auction in 2019 to raise funds for flooding, where they raised over £4000.

The 100th piece of art given to the Gallery Gate for the auction.

She said: “It’s the same sort of people donating, and I’m hoping it will be even better this year.”

The money raised will go to Kim’s chosen charity, ‘DEC- UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN APPEAL’.

They work with Action Against Hunger, the British Red Cross, and many more charities.

The UK government will be matching funding with the charity up to the value of £20m.

Ukrainian student living in Sheffield, Vitali Yalahuzian, said: “Even a few small donations can lead to someone’s life being saved. Ukraine urgently needs help, and every donation in this case really makes a change. 

“I’m blown away by people’s support. It’s really beautiful.”

Paul Iwanyckyj, chair of the Doncaster branch of the Ukraine association, will also be getting involved with the auction.

Kim set up the Gallery Gate alone in October 2021, after completing a fine art and crafts degree at Doncaster College in 2020.

The Gallery Gate, based at Scott Lane, will be starting free workshops soon. 

Their first workshop will be focusing on how to upcycle old items of clothing, and others will focus on ceramics and printing.

Kim said she is both shocked pleased with the support for her auction.

The event is free and will start at 10 am at the Doncaster Wool Market.

Details of the event can be found here.

Written by Tia Xiourouppas

Hi there! Im Tia and I am a first-year journalism student! I'm not completely sure what type of journalism I'd prefer to go into; my two greatest interests being politics and fashion means my career options don't always go hand in hand. Instead, I'm waiting to try out all modes of journalism and see what suits me best!

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