Art History for Refugees
This fundraiser ended April 1st, 2017 and is now closed.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated, supported, and shared this fundraiser.
Hi, I'm Madeline and I will be giving tours of London's museums in exchange for donations to the International Rescue Committee's Syrian refugee relief effort. For those of you unavailable for tours or not in London, I have teamed with my fellow UCL grad, Sakhshi Mahajan, to create two electronic catalogs to help cultivate your enjoyment of art-viewing ("How to Read an Artwork") and tips for starting your own collection ("A Beginners Guide to Collecting Fine Art"). We hope you donate to the cause and hope to increase the amount of the charitable contributions you make by offering some of our art history know-how!
We kindly suggest a minimum donation of £15/$20/₹1200. When donating, please specify in the notes section whether you would like a "Tour" or the "Catalogs" (feel free to say "Both"!). Accordingly, we will email you with the tour schedule and/or a link to download the catalogs. Tours will begin immediately and run the length of the donation period, March 31st, but catalogs will be distributed April 1st.
Art is a method of considering and at times escaping the human experience, so we feel it is very appropriate to leverage to support the refugee crisis. We, like our communities, are feeling so much about current world events and are motivated to be constructive individuals, seeking for opportunities to make small, heartfelt differences where we can -- and hope to do just that with this fundraiser. That being said, this is all about the cause, not our platform. After six years of civil war, half of the Syria's pre-war population has fled or been violently forced from their homes. Especially within the last year we have heard agonizing stories of displacement and death. With the halting of government aid, now is more important than ever to support organizations that are providing relief. The International Rescue Committee has already helped 1.4 million Syrians -- half of them children -- by providing both immediate (healthcare, security) and long-term (economic and professional education, relocation) support. #IStandWithRefugees #IChooseHumanity
Madeline is from the American West, studied Art History and Political Science at Brigham Young University, and came to London 18 months ago to attend UCL's History of art MA program. She wrote her dissertation on American photographer Taryn Simon's 2016 political-conceptual work, "Paperwork and the Will of Capital." Her art historical interests lie in conceptual Modernist works, formal design analysis, and feminist topics (among virtually everything else).
Sakhshi is from New Delhi, India, studied Economics and Art History at the University of Chicago, and also attended UCL's History of Art MA. Her dissertation, "Psychic Phantasmagoria: The New Media Installations of Nalini Malani and Ranbir Kaleka," discussed works that reference the traumatic experience of the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Before her MA, Sakhshi founded and managed a niche contemporary art gallery in Dehli, India that catered to a clientele of young collectors.
Quotes that inspired us:
"We have found refuge. Let us come out from our safe places and share
with [those in need], from our abundance, hope for a brighter future,
faith in God and in our fellowman, and love that sees beyond cultural
and ideological differences to the glorious truth that we are all
children of our Heavenly Father." - Patrick Kearon
“What our society today needs more than anything is the spirit of
empathy—the ability to put ourselves in the shoes of those who are
facing hardship and suffering, to understand and share what they are
going through. When the spirit of compassion becomes the bedrock of
society, and is embodied by society’s leaders, the future will be
bright with hope.” - Daisaku Ikeda