Andy Crofts and Paul Weller band hold up the artwork being auctioned off. The artwork resembles the Ukrainian flag with the top half painted blue and bottom half painted yellow.

Andy Crofts to auction exclusive art in support of Ukraine

A unique art piece created by Paul Weller’s bass player Andy Crofts in light of the crisis in Ukraine is to be auctioned off, with the support of the Paul Weller band.

Entitled, 'The Resistance', the piece is painted on a 1500mm x 1000mm framed canvas using acrylic and draws on the Ukrainian flag as inspiration.

Growing up as an only child in Northampton, Andy was drawn into his own imagination and has been painting and creating art his whole life. He's notably known for his band The Moons and as being a long-term bass player for UK music legend Paul Weller.

Now, the musician has set up an online auction for ‘The Resistance’ and is encouraging art lovers who connect with the piece to throw their support behind it. All proceeds will go to War Child’s work with children affected by recent events in Ukraine. View the auction at charitystars.com.

War Child says 10.7 million children in Ukraine are caught up in a terrifying, escalating crisis. Many have been forced from their homes and have had to leave loved ones behind. Desperate families are already stranded at the borders with just the possessions they could carry. Food, water and the means to stay warm could soon disappear.

War Child teams are already on the ground working to understand the impact on children and get them vital aid and psychological care, fast. The charity is supporting local volunteer and non-governmental organisations who operate in the border regions of Ukraine, providing the specialist, humanitarian knowledge to protect and support children and their families.

‘The Resistance’, a unique piece painted by Paul Weller’s bass player and The Moons musician Andy Crofts is up for auction with all proceeds to go to UK charity War Child’s work supporting children in Ukraine.
‘The Resistance’, a unique piece painted by Paul Weller’s bass player and The Moons musician Andy Crofts is up for auction with all proceeds to go to UK charity War Child’s work supporting children in Ukraine.

Andy Crofts said: “I watch the news all the time and wish I didn't. I needed to do something as I constantly feel so helpless and keep seeing so much suffering.

I have played, with Weller, for War Child several times and applaud what War Child do, they are the only charity who solely specialise in protecting children in conflict, they get straight in and help, so I want to try to help them.

I painted 'The Resistance' with the plan to sell it and give the money to War Child, but the plans have grown as the immediate support and interest in this piece has been amazing.

My art manager, Cary Wright, contacted War Child and within two days, and a lot of effort and support, the plan was formed. ‘The Resistance’ will now be auctioned online with all proceeds going to War Child.

We need your help to achieve maximum exposure to ensure that 'The Resistance' raises as much money as possible to help the children caught up in this appalling conflict. We are looking to find that one spectacular person who wants to help and loves the artwork.”

Rob Williams, CEO of War Child UK, said: “We’re so grateful to Andy for donating his time and incredible creativity to help us be there for children in conflict.

War Child started as a response to Bosnia. There is every chance that this conflict might become just as devastating to children as the conflict in the Balkans through the 90s.

We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery – so we could not be more appreciative of Andy’s generosity. Conflict rates are soaring across the world, and we have never been more concerned for children.

At this worrying time, public donations are vital in enabling us to mobilise quickly – and right now public donations made to War Child will go towards our emergency fund to help us support the crisis in Ukraine, and other conflicts around the world.”

‘The Resistance’ will go be available via auction on Charity Stars from 18th March to 10th April 2022 with a starting price of £2,000.

Check out the listing at charitystars.com.
 

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War Child UK is the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict. For more than two decades we’ve been driven by a single goal – for no child’s life to be torn apart by war. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out and stay to support them through their recovery – keeping them safe, helping them learn and cope with their experiences, and equipping them with skills for the future.

We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution and campaign for changes to policies and practices to support children in conflict, working with children and young people themselves to demand their rights. Together with our partners we deliver our vital, life-saving work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America. In 2019 alone, we reached over 100,000 children.

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