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Maintaining spaces for artists to work and communities to thrive is a difficult task at the best of times. Artists’ incomes tend to be low, intermittent, and without the security of other professions, while artists, writers, curators, critics and scholars are often targets of politically motivated threats and persecution all over the world.

In response to the humanitarian crisis affecting Ukraine, members of the wider artist-run community in Ireland wish to send a collective message of solidarity, and to raise funds for Ukrainian artists who are defending their country, have had to flee and rebuild their lives, and who we hope one day, will rebuild their spaces, and contribute again to the art and culture of their country.

The organisers are grateful to artist Paul Hallahan for generously allowing us to reproduce his artwork for this cause. Funds raised will be distributed directly to artists and artist-run spaces in Ukraine, and to ARTISTS at RISK (AR), a non-profit organisation at the intersection of human rights and the arts. Since 2013, AR has been collaborating with arts non-profits and government funders to assist artists who are at risk politically, and fleeing oppression and war in 26 locations in 19 countries globally. 

You can purchase Paul Hallahan: This is normal, 2021, fine art Giclée archival print on 320 gsm cotton rag paper, A3 (420 x 297mm), €50 here. Printed and despatched by Hen’s Teeth Studio.

WE ARE ARTISTS FOR UKRAINE is an initiative of: Pallas Projects/Studios (Dublin), Ormston House (Limerick), Askeaton Contemporary Arts (Limerick), 126 (Galway), Sample-Studios (Cork), and Catalyst Arts (Belfast). 

About the artist

Paul Hallahan is an Irish artist whose work is primarily based in painting. Interests within his work expand into many areas, but commonly focus on how we as a species relate and interact with nature. He has exhibited widely over the past ten years, and was a recipient of the Golden Fleece Award. In recent years, he has had exhibitions at The Complex (Dublin), Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin), The Lab (Dublin), Berlin Opticians Gallery (Dublin), Roscommon Arts Centre (Roscommon), the Lexicon Gallery (Dublin), Garter Lane Gallery (Waterford), Sternview Gallery (Cork), and Platform Arts (Belfast). His work is part of the collections of The Arts Council of Ireland, DLR County Council, Trinity College Dublin, The Office of Public Works, Waterford City Collection, and numerous private collections.

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