In the past months, women artists from all over the world have joined the "Secret Art" campaign. To help us raise funds to support Ukrainian refugee artists in the UK, they have created wonderful artworks of the size of an A5.
We have received 60 artworks and through an online auction, we have raised £3,008.
This amount of money is enough to support the career of Khrystyna Khmil, a contemporary visual artist, and also of Dina Haivaniuk, a Ukrainian refugee musician arrived in Cambridge few weeks ago. We can now purchase an accordion, so that she can give music lessons and start performing again. Khrystyna will join an art residency programme that we managed to secure thanks to our partners from The Muse Gallery in Portobello, London. The residency will start in January and will include a final show in June 2023. We will monitor and support her career and keep contributing covering the cost for materials she may need.
To all participating artists, to our donors and our partners, we want you to know that your generosity is very much appreciated.
As they say, it just takes one person to change a life! THANK YOU
Khrystyna Khmil, originally from the village of Hvizd, Ivano-Frankivsk region in Western Ukraine, until recently was living in Kyiv.
She’s obtained her initial training at the Shevchenko College of Fine Arts, majoring in painting. In 2019 she graduated from the National Academy of Arts and Architecture, the Faculty of Painting and Composition in the studio of Mykola Storozhenko and was awarded a Master's degree with Honors.
Khrystyna focuses on the study of personal identity, connections and communication, human freedom and stereotypes. She works with various mediums including graphics, digital art, AR and VR technology.
Khrystyna takes an active part in both group and individual projects, and her works featured in a number of exhibitions: “Habitat. Manifesto 2020” at the Lavra Cathedral Art Gallery (Kyiv), “Who am I today” (Kyiv), Sansara: III Ukrainian Contemporary Women's Art Fest (Kyiv) and many others. Many of Khrystyna works are in private collections in the USA, UK, Germany, Belarus and Ukraine.
Dina has 15 years of experience teaching music theory, piano and piano accordion.
She has worked with adults and children as an accompanist, organising and participating in concerts and festivals.
She has also organised children's concerts music holidays.
Through teaching it has become so clear to her that music touches the human soul and removes barriers to communication, especially for people with disabilities.
It raises children’s spirits and helps them better assimilate knowledge in other subjects.
In February 2022 I was awarded Teacher of the Year in the Odesa region by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
"We can listen to music of other nations without translation – music connects people"
A.A, Aylet Amrani Navon, Antonella Benanzato, C. Bernini, Frances Bildner, Menshova Bogdana, Imane Bouhlou, Olga Brown, Elisa Cantarelli, Annalisa Caricato, Antonella Catini, Gloria Ceballos, Sarka Darton, Manuela De Rogatis, Chiara Di Iasio, Sheetal Durve, Tracey Falcon, Allegra Fondelli, Sopiko, Aileen Gomes, R. Gomes, Graphite, Maureen Grayson, Millie Griffiths, Eunyoung Heo, Gabriela Herma, Shirley Hunter, Diana Kirova, Violet Infinity, Kristina Khmil, Gosia Łapsa-Malawska, Giusy Lauriola, Cate Lis, Anna Lombardi, Brownen Malcolm, Maria Carla Mancinelli, Francesca Mariani, Maggie Martin, Marie-Louise Martin, Kristina Milakovic, Rosa Lucia Motta, Alice Padovani, Sue Ransley, Giovanna Romagnoli, Simona Ruscheva, Jo Scorah, Edina Seleskovic, Alessandra Senso, Batool Showghi, Leni Smoragdova, Victoria Trombetta, Umunno, Julia Von Kielin, Naomi Wallens, Chisato Yasui, Yeside Linney, Kerry Zacharia.