Donate art to Ukraine instead of money: ‘There are already works for sale for a couple of ten’ | Arnhem

ARNHEM – The bookstore Het Colofon in Arnhem has started a collection campaign for people in Ukraine. Instead of donating money, people can donate a piece of art that will later be sold in bookstores. The proceeds from the campaign go to the Red Cross.

Throughout the month of January, people can hand in works of art to the bookstore. “Anyone who wants to donate a work of art is welcome,” says Walter Jansen, owner of bookstore Het Colofon.

Jansen himself got the idea for the collection when he saw the documentary We stand together then in the Arnhem film theater Focus. “It told the story of the cellist Maya Fridman. She was born in Moscow but lives in the Netherlands. Since the war, she has organized benefit concerts with Russian and Ukrainian musicians. One of the main themes of the documentary is that attention to the war seems to disappear, while the problems for civilians only get bigger.”

Works of art

Once home, Jansen saw the works of art he still has. “I thought: I have to do something about that. That’s how I came up with the idea of ​​the ‘Art for Ukraine’ collection. This is a much more fun initiative than simply asking for donations. There are already so many beautiful paintings in the café in our bookstore.”

One of the artworks for sale. © Erik van ‘t Hullenaar

One of these paintings was made by the artist Ina Menalda. “Her painting costs 75 euros, but there are also works of art for sale for a couple of ten. If we fail to sell an artwork after a month or two, we will return it to the owner.”

Anyone who wants to hand in a work of art to the bookstore is welcome. “There are no conditions. The artwork certainly doesn’t have to be made by a famous artist. We think it’s great if someone wants to donate a personal piece of art. We ask people to put a note on the back of the artwork with their name, phone number and the minimum amount for which the artwork can be sold.”


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This is a much more fun initiative than simply asking for donations

Walter Jansen, The Colophon

Cold winter

Jansen hopes that the proceeds from the collection will make a small contribution to help people in Ukraine through the winter. “It’s horrible to see what they’re going through. A large part of the energy grid in Ukraine is down, citizens have to keep warm with blankets.”

The contrast with the situation in the Netherlands touches him. “Many are also having a hard time here, especially with the current energy prices,” says Jansen. “But it cannot be compared to the situation in Ukraine. It therefore feels like our duty to help.”

The collection has so far raised 375 euros. “It would of course be nice if we reach the 10,000 euros, but I dare not say that with certainty. At the moment the artworks are only for sale in the store, but at the end of the month they will also be on the website.”

One of the artworks for sale.
One of the artworks for sale. © Erik van ‘t Hullenaar

One of the artworks for sale.
One of the artworks for sale. © Erik van ‘t Hullenaar

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