Please note this event contains images and film clips depicting scenes from war zones. We advise that this is best suited to audiences aged 15 and over.
Australian artist, writer and filmmaker George Gittoes and producer and singer Hellen Rose have filmed in some of the world’s fiercest war zones. Join Gittoes and Rose for an in conversation about their most recent experiences of Putin’s incursion and the Taliban rule in between excerpts of their forthcoming 'Artists War Ukraine' - documenting their collaboration with Ukrainian poets, painters, and musicians to use creative tools rather than guns in the fight to preserve their freedom and democracy. Gittoes and Rose are engaged in a similar struggle for the survival of Yellow House in Jalalabad as a centre for creative arts after the Taliban establishment of an Islamic Emirate. These activities are a call to the artistic communities of the world to unite and use their communication skills to help end the senselessness and barbarity of war.
George Gittoes is a Sydney Peace Prize winner, recipient of the Bassel Shehadeh Award for Social Justice, honorary member of the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association and was recently awarded Best Director for No Bad Guys at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022. His art is held in the QAGOMA Collection and recent paintings from Ukraine will be displayed in the Australian Collection galleries of QAG from October 2022.