#ArtistsForFireRelief

A Global Twitter Auction to support Australian Firefighters and Wildlife

Inspired by, and with the permission of, #AuthorsForFireys and #GameDevsForFireys 

Artists for Fire Relief is an auction of art, unique creative experiences, opportunities and advice. Artists around the world are auctioning on Twitter from Friday 24th Jan 2020 under the hashtags #ArtistsForFireRelief

The auction ends on Saturday, 1st Feb 2020 at 11PM (AEDT – Melbourne/Sydney timezone). 

More than 100 bushfires are still burning

“Some 28 people have so far been killed – including four firefighters – and an estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km or 15.6 million acres) of bush, forest and parks across Australia has burned.” – BBC NEWS

“Ecologist Chris Dickman has estimated more than a billion animals have died around the country – a figure that excludes fish, frogs, bats and insects.” – The Guardian

Updates in Real Time:

how the auction works

#ArtistsForFireRelief works in the same way as #GameDevsforFireys works in the same way as the auction #AuthorsForFireys. It starts on Friday 24th Jan 2020 and ends at 11PM AEDT on Saturday 1st Feb 2020.

Twitter is the auction room.

Each Artist run their own individual auction / tweet under the hashtag.

Twitter users scroll through the auction items under the hashtag and reply to the items to make their bids. Make your bids on the original item thread only. (ie. If you see an item quote-tweeted, do not bid there.) 

TIP: open up the thread under the item to see what others are bidding.

January 24, 2020

Artists Launch Auction

Each Artist involved (open to all) creates a tweet announcing an item, unique opportunity or service they are offering to donate.
January 24, 2020

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Format

The tweet Should include a supporting image, auction end time and hashtag #ArtistsForFireRelief Artists may also announce a starting reserve and/or bidding increment
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Bidding

Twitter users reply to that tweet with their bid in Australian dollars. Bidding continues on that thread until the auction end time.

11PM AEDT February 1st, 2020

Auction Ends

Each Artist messages the highest bidder on the thread with instructions to donate directly to an Australian state fire service.

Some Artists will nominate, others will leave it up to the highest bidder to choose. Either way the bidder must provide proof of donation to the item ‘owner’.

11PM AEDT February 1st, 2020

Conclusion

When proof of donation is received, the item or service is dispatched.

TIPS FOR CREATORS

If you’re a creative, influencer, or champion of the arts and you’ve got a twitter account we’d love to have you involved!

The obvious and easy answer is – your artworks, the more personalised and limited the better!  

Of course, that’s not all.  You could create a piece of art specifically in support of the Australian Bushfire Crisis, a personalised commission or perhaps offer insight into your artistic process.  An hour of your time to offer constructive critique, technical guidance or career support are all helpful .  Whatever it is you can do, can become something great to offer to your audience.

The writers in #authorsforfireys and #gamedevsforfireys had some great ideas – everything from chats over coffee or online, the chance to be a character in an upcoming novel or game, through to a hosted DnD session. 

Put up a tweet with the hashtag #ArtistsForFireRelief and explain what you’re offering.  Link people here for more details.

Then, on 31st Jan, check to see who has the highest bid at 11am AEST, and work with the winner to confirm their donation and get them their reward.

All are welcome!  The best thing you can do though is signal boost – check the #ArtistsForFireRelief hashtag and retweet posts from there.

Shoulder tap your favourite artists/ media to let them know about the initiative.  Please help us spread the word!

Gosh no.  Folks in Australia, the brave Firefighters and Wildlife suffering need all the help they can get!

All of them! If you work for a creative industry studio/ company and have their permission, please post from the official account and signal boost from your personal account. If you’re an independent artist, lead with whichever account gets the most traffic, and signal boost from elsewhere.