There will be a special auction of Ukrainian Art in An Grianán Theatre this Saturday, 17th December starting at 6pm, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Cathedral Quarter Initiative in Letterkenny.
This auction will be opened by Irish Times Journalist and Writer Michael Harding who will make a general reflection on Art and the situation in Ukraine.
15% of the proceeds from the auction will go towards the Cathedral Quarter Initiative in Letterkenny.
The pieces selected for auction are part of ‘Birds Flying High’ exhibition which is currently on display in the Theatre and was successfully launched by the Cathaoirleach of Letterkenny Municipal District, Cllr Donal Kelly.
The ‘Birds Flying High’ named after the song by jazz singer Nina Simone, features the work of over 30 Ukrainian artists (some professional, some amateur) as a gesture of thanks to the Irish people.
Speaking ahead of the auction, the curator of the exhibition, Svetlana Babenko said she was delighted with last weekend’s launch.
“There was a beautiful atmosphere here last Saturday as Irish people and Ukrainians mixed together and we were able to share our culture.
“The powerful collaboration between An Grianán/IMC Navigator Jazz artist-in-residence Olesya Zdorovetska and local writer Denise Blake demonstrated a beautiful synergy between our two cultures.
“I am delighted that writer Michael Harding will be opening the auction and we are very grateful to the people of Letterkenny and Donegal for all their support since we came to Ireland.
“For us to give a part of the proceeds from the auction is our way of giving something back to the town”
The exhibition runs until 19th December and is supported by Donegal Intercultural Platform, the Arts office of Donegal County Council and An Grianán Theatre.