We speak to Prints for Refugees founder Mark Sherratt about his inspiration, supportive photographers and exciting new collaborations.
When Mark Sherratt saw scenes of desperate refugees arriving in Europe he decided he wanted to do something to help.
Just a few years later, his Prints for Refugees project has raised tens of thousands of pounds to help provide vital medical aid to refugees.
The website sells prints donated by photographers with every penny of every sale going to Doctors of the World.
“I felt like I wanted to try to do something, anything I could to help,” he says.
“I had the idea of selling some prints from friends of mine who were also photographers.”
Prints for Refugees started off as a simple website. However, the number of submissions quickly led Sherratt to expand the project.
“We had some good photographers from the beginning and some people quite quickly who are reasonably well-known offered to give their prints.”
Prints for Refugees
Today Prints for Refugees works with dozens of artists and has raised tens of thousands to support Doctors of the World.
Featured artists include Andy Lo Po, Samuel Hicks, Eleanor McNair and Alina Negoita.
Furthermore a publicity push has helped keep prints selling and raising vital funds.
“Overall it has been really good, with the money we have raised and the prints we have sold.
“It is great to see so many photographers willing to give their prints and their time.”
Every penny spent on the site goes straight to the charity.
Photographers arrange their own printing and delivery.
Doctors of the World
Doctors of the World is an independent humanitarian movement empowering excluded people to access healthcare.
Through 400 programmes, in 80 countries, run by more than 3,000 volunteers it provides medical care, strengthens health systems and addresses underlying barriers to healthcare.
It also shares skills and training locally so communities stay strong in the long term.
For Sherratt, it was a charity with personal connections.
“My wife is a doctor and has volunteered for the charity which is helping refugees across Europe and the world,” he says.
In the last two years Prints for Refugees has raised around £30,000 for Doctors of the World.
While the project has already enjoyed fantastic success, Sherratt is keen to keep raising awareness and funds.
In the future he hopes to organise an exhibition and he is constantly in talks to bring new artists to the site.
Several new photographers are set to launch on Prints for Refugees in the coming weeks, including Elena Heatherwick.
A portrait and documentary photographer, Heatherwick has donated three prints for sale.
Find out more
To view all the prints currently available for sale visit www.printsforrefugees.com.
Photographers interested in submitting prints for sale can email firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions should include a name, a website link and a couple of possible print submissions.
Read more about the life-saving work of Doctors of the World visit www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk.
Main image: Swim © Mark Sherratt
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