George Gittoes – Art Not War
Recently we had the opportunity to sponsor the stay of famous war artist and peace prize winner George Gittoes and his performance artist partner Hellen Rose. What an amazing couple, after an unforgettable dinner and hours of conversation our lives felt enriched from their energy and passion. During their stay George created this inspired, amazing work of art. The piece is an illustration of George and Hellen’s experience at Hatherley Birrell Collection and features them both bathing in the volcanic carved rock bath surrounded by sunfish and artworks that hang in The Muse Garden Pavilion – Tom Samek, Picasso, Barbie Kjar…
Yellow House Jalalabad
George Gittoes the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize recipient and partner Hellen Rose are based in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where the pair run an artist collective, the Yellow House.
The Yellow House provides a safe space where artists working across all mediums can meet, work and create, safely away from the destructive forces they face in their daily lives.
All the artists of the Yellow House believe the best way to bring peace and positive social change is not with the weapons of war but with a broad range of creative media and artistic strategies. The Yellow House is solely funded from the sale of artworks and films by George and Hellen.
If you would like to learn more about the Yellow House visit: http://yellowhousejalalabad.com
George & Hellen’s visit to Launceston
George & Hellen were invited to visit Launceston by the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery to participate in the Community Festival for Peace in July 2015.
George & Hellen were compelled to visit Tasmania in preparation for the Community Festival for Peace, because at a time when everyone was talking about the Centenary of the First World War, Launceston was the only city in Australia to focus on peace, not war.
“The reason why I agreed to it and wanted to do it was I thought it was fantastic. It was one city, in Australia, that was doing a peace theme.” Gittoes said.
The Community Festival for Peace ran from July 10th to 12th in Launceston and was centred around using creativity to express peace and goodwill. “It was particularly relevant to me because I’ve been out to Uruzgan Province and Tarin Kot and I’d met a lot of the beautiful young Australian soldiers who’d spent 15 years in Afghanistan and I’d read with tears every time one of them had been killed and thought of their families.”