What kind of work is on show?
Jake:There’s a real variety of work. Some of the pieces are pre-war and show the dynamic scene in Ukraine but we also have works created during the war – each venue has been curated by Jon and Roy of Kula studio and each venue will tell a story.
Jon: We wanted to show the vibrancy and diversity of the country and the culture – as well as highlight the current plight. Ukraine and Ukrainians aren’t defined by this war, Kyiv is a cultured European capital city and there are incredible natural sights around the country. I guess we wanted to take people on a bit of a journey – you’ll see images of care-free Ukrainians and beautiful pre-war landscapes but also street scenes full of tension and images documenting the current devastation.
Have you got a favourite piece in the exhibition?
Jon: There are so many I like. I particularly enjoy Aline Prisich’s portraits though, as well as Daria Svertilova’s intimate and personal portraiture. They capture Ukraine before the war nicely, showing the youth culture and life that is currently being lost through the war.
There are lots of interesting stories behind the pieces. Many of the works speak for themselves, but hopefully over the next month we’ll be revealing more about the artists and their work through our Instagram @liverpool4ukraine
Has it brought the creative community in the Baltic together?
Jon: Everyone has been amazingly helpful, from sponsors, to venues, to printers, to creatives. People recognised the urgency and importance of the project so were really keen to show support. And I think once they saw the calibre of the work we’re showing start to come through, it kind of flipped a bit, and people realised the importance of being able to show the work here in Liverpool.
Where can we see and buy the work?
Jake: The exhibition is running across Space by Liquid, 92 Degrees Coffee, Chapters of Us, SEVEN STORE, Black Lodge Brewery and Baltic Social and you can scan each piece and buy a print online for £40 – you can buy the NFT version too. We’re working on a GoFundMe too, where people can donate smaller amounts.
Are you planning any more collaborations / events?
Jon: Watch this space for events around the exhibition… We also hope that other cities can see the show and take it to raise awareness in other parts of the world. It’s a great body of work and we’d love to hear from creatives in other cities who want to get involved.
Liverpool4Ukraine will be on show at Space by Liquid, 92 Degrees Coffee, Chapters of Us, SEVEN STORE, Black Lodge Brewery and Baltic Social until June 18th. The exhibition was designed by Baltic based studio Kula and sponsored by The Baltic Creative CIC, Gather and Tessuti.