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Donatella Banti and Katya Belaia-Selzer

Donatella Banti and Katya Belaia-Selzer is crowdfunding

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Weʼre raising £10,000 to to Protect Ukraine's Cultural Heritage

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The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armies has brought destruction of both human lives and infrastructure and is thus having appalling humanitarian and economic implications with ripple effects across the world. Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the war has costed also irreparable damage to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage. Our colleagues in the museum sector across Ukraine are working tirelessly to protect works of art from the Russian shelling and looting. Heritage professionals in the UK have joined forces to respond to the crisis.

Together with amazing volunteers and the UA-UK Cultural Heritage Initiative, we have partnered up with Blue Shield International, ICON (Institute of Conservation), ICOMOS UK (International Council on Monuments and Sites), ICOM UK (International Committee of Museums) and BAPCR (British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers) to streamline efforts. We have identified three areas where aid is required: material aid, professional guidelines and supporting refugees. We have an online networking group with representatives of major UK museums, institutions and accredited private practices.

We are liaising with international heritage Trusts, organisations and museums, including the Committee for Ukrainian Museums in Warsaw, to coordinate the purchase, transport and distribution of the necessary materials and equipment to Ukrainian museums and conservation departments.

We are receiving a large volume of requests for conservation materials and equipment. The latest list of items has been requested by the National Research and Restoration Centre of Ukraine, with affiliated centres across Ukraine. We are currently fundraising to purchase and send materials on the list which are needed to protect artworks in immediate danger and to replace those materials and pieces of technical equipment which have been destroyed in the war. We will keep this page going and updated with the latest on what we are fundraising for.

Our other achievements to date are:

Guidance: compiling, translating and sharing written guidance to Ukrainian museum professionals for the protection of cultural heritage at times of conflict; online guidance workshops with Ukrainian counterparts.

Supporting Refugee: helping find work and training for the Ukrainian conservators who are in the UK through the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme. To date, 15 conservators, including students, are in the UK and are being matched with conservation related work, training and networking opportunities.

There is still lots of work to do and your donations will make a significant change to our work.

Thank you very much,

Dona and Katya


UPDATE August 2022

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for all the very generous contributions so far. The donations will make it possible for us to procure some important pieces of equipment for the National Centre of Restoration and Research in Kyiv. One of the things we will be able to purchase is a new motor and pay for the repair and servicing of a vacuum lining table, which has been kindly donated to us by Willard Conservation. The vacuum table is an important piece of equipment for any serious conservation department which is used in the treatment of paintings and textiles. There is currently only one vacuum table in the whole of Ukraine, which is in Lviv.

The National Centre of Restoration and Research has affiliated conservation departments around the country, including Odesa and Kharkiv, and is responsible for looking after a significant part of the national collections. Thanks to your donation the National Centre will now have its own table which will be an invaluable tool when it comes to post-war recovery of artworks.

Securing the lining table will also open up potential training opportunities for the Ukrainian conservators who are currently in the UK and to whom we are providing support with both job and career development opportunities. We will be able to offer them up-to-date training in using this equipment so that they will then be able to disseminate this knowledge amongst colleagues upon their return to Ukraine.

We are currently liaising with international partners to arrange transportation to Ukraine for this and other material.

Such projects continue to establish and deepen the links between UK and Ukrainian cultural heritage institutions and professionals, facilitate dialogue and exchange of knowledge, and boost training in cultural heritage conservation. The UA-UK Cultural Heritage Initiative is committed to developing training and exchange opportunities for students and conservation professionals.

There is still much work to do, and we will continue with our work as long as it takes.

Thank you again for your support!

Dona and Katya

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  • Donatella Banti and Katya Belaia-Selzer1 month ago
    Donatella Banti and Katya Belaia-Selzer

    Donatella Banti and Katya Belaia-Selzer

    1 month ago

    Dear Supporters, We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your very generous contribution. Thanks to the donations we have been able to start purchasing materials for the National Research Center of Ukraine and we are currently arranging transportation. Due to word limitations on this space, we are posting a larger update in the main space text of this fundraising. Thanks again. Dona and Katya

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    Aug 20, 2022

    With all our best wishes for your continuing success.


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    You will preserve who you are.


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    Aug 9, 2022

    Thank you!


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    Aug 8, 2022

    For good causes


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