Art auction raises $218K: Artists for Medecins Sans Frontieres

19 Dec 2023

In response to the humanitarian crisis occurring in Gaza, a group of Australian artists came together and organised an online auction to raise funds for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), raising a total of AUD $218,496, in one week.

Initiated by Gundungurra-based artist Nathan Hawkes, the Artists for Médecins Sans Frontières Auction offered works donated by sixty-seven Australian artists.

Artist Nathan Hawkes shares his experience

“It is astonishing to be writing this now with the knowledge that the Artists for Médecins Sans Frontières fundraiser raised $218K for the Gaza emergency relief fund. 

When I first approached MSF about donating the proceeds from the sale of one of my artworks to assist their efforts in Gaza, it was accompanied by a strong desire to do something much more. With the invaluable support of Ashley Killeen, Debbie Kosh and others in the Sydney office I was able to action a more ambitious plan to auction artworks donated by over 60 of Australia’s leading artists in an online auction, with all proceeds going to MSF. 

There was and still is a collective distress within the arts community and desire for meaningful action in response to the unfathomable suffering occurring in Gaza and Israel, and a sense of despair at the fact that medical practitioners and facilities have been targeted. 

Through this auction we were able to channel some of the distress and sense of powerlessness many of us feel, into some tangible form of assistance and humanitarian action. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to each of the artists who generously donated a work for this fundraiser, to everyone who purchased and to all those who shared and supported this campaign along the way. 

Gratitude and admiration to Médecins Sans Frontières for the work that they perform throughout the world in some of the most difficult circumstances. Thank you! “

Ahead was silence

Ahead was silence by Nathan Hawkes

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