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Australian artist George Gittoes AM has been selected to receive the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize for exposing injustice for over 45 years as a humanist artist, activist and filmmaker, for his courage to witness and confront violence in the war zones of the world, for enlisting the arts to subdue aggression and for enlivening the creative spirit to promote tolerance, respect and peace with justice (Jury citation).

Media coverage surrounding the Sydney Peace Prize events:

On Tuesday 10 November the Sydney Peace Prize will be presented to George Gittoes at Sydney Town Hall, when Gittoes presents the 2015 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture. Gittoes returned to Sydney from Afghanistan (courtesy of Singapore Airlines) and the media has been extremely interested in what he has to say:

Feb 18, 2016 Artists without borders, Creative City Sydney (online)

Nov 18, 2015 Peace Prize artist George Gittoes joins students at Cabramatta High School to spread message, Marie Hogg, Daily Telegraph Fairfield Advance (newspaper)

Nov 17, 2015 Students delighted to host a man of peace, Kirstie Chlopicki, Fairfield City Champion (newspaper)

Nov 14, 2015, George Gittoes’ City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, on Australian Public Affairs Channel (A-PAC on Foxtel) 6.30am, 12.20pm, 6.10pm (television)

Nov 14, 2015, Art’s Pied Piper of Conflict, Daily Telegraph (newspaper)

Nov 12, 2015, Gittoes honoured with Peace Prize for work as humanist artist/filmmaker: gallery, Jim Gainsford, The Leader (online)

Nov 10, 2015 Listen: George Gittoes on Mornings, Greta Balog and Nicholas Watts, FBI Radio (radio)

Nov 9, 2015, Meet George Gittoes, Monique Schafter, ABC 7:30 report (television)

Nov 9, 2015, Art helps make the world a better place, David Hirsch, Sydney Morning Herald (online)

Nov 8, 2015, George Gittoes and the Sydney Peace Prize: an interview from Artwriter’s archives, Elizabeth Fortescue, Artwriter (online)

Nov 7, 2015, The Fitz Files: Monarchists reply with rallying call, Peter FitzSimons, Sydney Morning Herald (online)

Oct 31, 2015, Spiritual Esctasy: George Gittoes’s diaries reveal spiritual experiences in Afghanistan, George Gittoes, The Australian (newspaper)

Oct 21, 2015, George Gittoes with Margaret Throsby, Margaret Throsby, Radio National (radio)

Intermediary coverage of George Gittoes’ films:

Oct 9, 2015, IDFA unveils 2015 competition titles, Screen Daily (online)

Aug 7, 2015, MIFF 2015: George Gittoes’ Afghanistan film Snow Monkey is overlong but fascinating, Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper)

Aug 2, 2015, MIFF 2015: George Gittoes’ Snow Monkey shows the other face of Afghanistan, Sydney Morning Herald (Newspaper)

Media coverage of the announcement:

On Saturday 11 April the Sydney Peace Foundation announced that George Gittoes would receive the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize. Here are some links to the media coverage of the announcement so far:

Apr 17, 2015, War artist and film maker George Gittoes discusses his time in the Afghan city of Jalalabad filming with impoverished youth, The Drum, ABC TV (television)

Apr 13, 2015, George Gittoes wins Sydney Peace Prize, ABC Radio National with Phillip Adams (radio)

Apr 11, 2015, George Gittoes and the art of war, SMH Good Weekend (print)

Apr 11, 2015‎, George Gittoes awarded Sydney Peace Prize, Paddy Wood, Yahoo7 News (online)

Apr 11, 2015, Artist Gittoes honoured with Sydney Peace Prize, Damien Murphy, The Sydney Morning Herald (print)

Apr 11, 2015‎, George Gittoes is the winner of the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize, Sarah Kimmorley, Business Insider Australia (print)

Apr 10, 2015‎, War artist and filmmaker George Gittoes wins Sydney peace prize, The Guardian (online)

Apr 10, 2015‎, War artist George Gittoes awarded Sydney Peace Prize, SBS (television)

Apr 10, 2015, Premi buoni e giusti. L’artista e filmmaker George Gittoes vince il Sidney Peace Prize, Exibart (online)

Check out this preview of George Gittoes’ latest film Love City Jalalabad:

Love City Jalalabad won the Best Documentary, Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival, New York, 2015; Most Socially Relevant, Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival, New York, 2015; and Finalist, Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize, Sydney Film Festival, 2013.

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  1. Chris Slotemaker de Bruine
    October 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    I listened to his interview with Margaret Throsby and wonder if one of his documentaries are available for sale. We have a regular DVD night with friends and would like to show this to them. Very stimulating conversation today!

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