Art&Co., an initiative connecting the worlds of art, finance and support groups will be launching the world’s largest online auction to bring relief to COVID-19 victims.
The auction will be backed by PremFina the UK’s first venture capital backed alternative insurance premium finance company.
Art&Co. addresses a stark statistic that only 3% of natural disasters are covered by Insurance. Funds raised from the online auction comprising more than 200 pieces, will support frontline charities providing healthcare, food, medicines and guidance to those affected by the contagion.
All donations will go to ICU steps, The Care Workers Charity, Khalsa Aid International, Painting Our World In Silver, Solace Women’s Aid and Za Teb. UK charities are forecasted to lose £4 billion over April to June, due to the lockdown.
Bundeep Singh Rangar, PremFina’s CEO and Art&Co. founder, said: “We don’t heal in isolation but within a community.”
“Art&Co. enables finance and insurance companies to support organisations assisting those suffering from the immediate effects of the coronavirus as well as consequential mental health or domestic violence difficulties.”
The auction encourages both individuals and corporates to participate and bid on one-of-a-kind art representing themes connected to these trying times, such as health, nature and spirituality.
The funds raised will mostly go to frontline organisations, with the remainder going toward more than 30 freelance artists who are contributing their work and otherwise unable to sell art due to the lockdown.
The artwork purchased will become a tangible display of their efforts to support those challenged in the years to come and can be used as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility goals.
Fiona Dwyer, CEO of Solace Women’s Aid, said: “It’s heart-breaking to think that lockdown measures have forced some women to endure making the choice between domestic abuse and the virus, daily.”
“Art&Co. helps ensure that no woman is forced to make such a choice.”