“Waging a war against war with art” – George Gittoes, 2015 Sydney Peace Prize Laureate
Australian artist George Gittoes AM will receive the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize and deliver the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture in the Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday 10 November.
George Gittoes was selected to receive the 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”. (Sydney Peace Prize Jury citation)
Gittoes is currently based in Jalalabad, Afghanistan – arguably the most dangerous city in the world. Against all odds, and at great personal risk from the Taliban, he has established a new Yellow House artists’ collective with a mission to bring peace and positive social change through art.
Among many distinguished prizes, Gittoes painting The Preacher, won the 1995 Blake Prize for religious art. His documentary film Love City Jalalabad won awards for Best Documentary and Most Socially Relevant Film at the New York Winter Indie Film Festival in February this year.
General Admission: $37.50/$27.50 (concession)
Dinner/Lecture combo: from $227.50
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