Paintings produced by art students living in Ukraine have gone on sale at atria in Watford.

The art exhibition was opened by Luther Blissett and Watford MP Dean Russell last weekend.

All money made from the sale of the paintings will be given to people in Ukraine who have been affected by the Russian invasion.

Read More

Open until December 18, it is a project under a partnership between the Former Players Club and Ukraine charity Sincere Education & Cultural Development.

A 13-year-old had painted a special Ukraine/UK painting for Boris Johnson, which was presented to the MP and immediately sent to Mr Johnson with a message from Watford Ukrainians.   

Mr Russell said: “I was truly inspired by the incredible artwork on display which was lovingly created by so many Ukrainian children and artists.

“I want to thank Luther, Lauren and everyone involved in making the event such a huge success.  

“Such initiatives are important in showing our Ukrainian friends that we support them wholeheartedly in their fight against the evil acts of Putin’s war against their country.

“I look forward to supporting future exhibitions and events.”

Watford Observer: Nearly 100 paintings have been displayed at the exhibition. Nearly 100 paintings have been displayed at the exhibition. (Image: Totally Foxed Communications)

The exhibition has around 100 paintings from Ukrainian children and their teachers.

All were painted in the Ukraine and brought to the UK and they have been priced accordingly, or offers can be made.  

The funds will go directly to pay for generators and aid for the elderly, disabled, and children who have not been able to leave the country.

It comes as football legend Luther Blissett discussed how Sunflower Social Club, Watford Borough Council and Homes for Ukraine have come together to find safe space for Ukrainian families.

Watford Observer: Luther with the piece for Boris painted by 13-year-old Ukraine art student.Luther with the piece for Boris painted by 13-year-old Ukraine art student. (Image: Totally Foxed Communications)

He said: “We do everything, from finding the property, to liaising with landlords and the Housing team, to advising on benefits and procedures.  

“Even getting all their furniture donated and delivered thanks to wonderful GameChangers volunteers.”  

So far, six families have now taken possession of keys, and more are being supported to move towards independence.  

Speaking of people who opened their homes, he added: “I cannot thank the people of Watford and the surrounds who stepped up and opened doors and hearts.”

Have you got a story for us? You can contact us here.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news.

To receive breaking news alerts or newsletters sign up here.