A Shared Step on a Long Journey
In the midst of international COVID-19 lockdowns, William Kelly initiated this collaborative project. Using his initial image, artists then added their own thoughtful concerns…home as a place of isolation, sanctuary and, sometimes, anxiety; the dire circumstances faced by many First Nations people and people of colour; evocative images of hope, respect, and aspirations. In this time of our ‘separateness’, they show we are here together whether in Tehran, New York, Melbourne, Geneva, Oklahoma City, Haut-Valromey, or Casablanca. Though isolated by the pandemic, they show with grace and dignity…we are closer than ever.
Professor Peter Doherty has said he shares “…Alfred Nobel’s conviction that war is the greatest of all human disasters. Infectious disease runs a good second.” Elevated now are the real ‘heroes’ on the ‘front lines’ – not with guns, tanks and bombs – but with life-saving skills shared across borders, religions and ideologies. Though we may reflect on the words that ‘everyman’s death diminishes me’, we now have learned to celebrate that every person’s survival is a victory for us all.
The following are the individual artworks included in the project:
Ian Tully is an artist, New South Wales resident, Director of the Swan Hill Regional Gallery (Victoria), whose work reflects a deep interest in rural and regional Australia, often reflecting competing interests of society, politics and environment.
Fatemeh Vafaeinejad is an artist, former political prisoner gaoled for four years for her peace activism in Tehran, asylum seeker via the United Nations refugee agency and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne).
Charles Bremer is a New York State based artist, environmentalist and community activist who has been quoted that his art processes ‘…trace the pathway of our desires toward a life shared, expressive and alive’.
Dr. Rama Mani is a performance artist, founder of ‘Rising Women Rising World’, creator of the Enacting Global Transformation Initiative at the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford and founder of the ‘Theatre of Transformation’.
Tim Bass is a Sydney based artist, participant in numerous exhibitions, former Artist in Residence at the Australian National University and former Acting Dean of the School of Art of the Victorian College of the Arts.
Claire Van Vliet is a Canadian-American, internationally renowned book artist, founder of Janus Press, known as producer of ‘ground-breaking innovations in the book arts field’ and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
Godwin Bradbeer is a Melbourne artist, subject of a recent Thames and Hudson monograph and former lecturer RMIT School of Art who has exhibited in Australia, Korea, Belgium, France and Hong Kong.
Peter Sparling is a dancer/choreographer, artist, former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Company (New York City) and is currently ‘Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor Emeritus’.
Susan Fealy is a Melbourne-based, multi-award-winning poet and clinical psychologist whose poems have been published in the United States, India, Sweden as well as in Australia.
Dr. Alexander Schieffer is a founder of the TRANS4M Academy and co-founder with Rama Mani of Home for Humanity in rural France who, as well as being an activist and published poet, is guided by the notion of ‘unity in diversity’.
Edgar Heap of Birds / Hock E Aye Vi is a Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations artist, Professor Emeritus of Native American Studies – University of Oklahoma, who has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and in over one dozen countries.
Rochelle Patten is an artist, Yorta Yorta Elder, member of the Ethics Committee for the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (NSW), member of the Elders’ Advisory Committee for the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) and recently honoured with an exhibition at Bunjilaka (Victorian State Museum).
Cathy Drummond, a Carlton, Victoria based artist with a dozen solo exhibitions to her name, ‘has a keen eye for the everyday, as well as the often-small joys it can bring’…with home and neighbourhood often as central themes.
Veronica Pritchard Kelly is an award-winning ceramic artist, painter, teacher and community activist whose images, focussing on urban form, are often inclusive of text that reminds us of our social responsibility – a message she has presented in workshops in Europe, USA and rural Australia, where she now lives.