About the Foundation

The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation is a registered charity which promotes peace through all forms of art that relate to human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability.

The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation (Peace Foundation) was founded in 1989 as the Graham F. Smith Peace Trust as a lasting legacy to its namesake, Graham F. Smith. The Peace Foundation is based on Hutt Street, Adelaide and is run completely by volunteers. In 2011 the Trust changed its name to the Peace Foundation in an effort to highlight the need to raise funds to continue its work.
The purpose of the Peace Foundation is the promotion of peace through all art forms including literature, music, performing arts, visual arts, craft, design, film, video, television, radio, community arts, Aboriginal arts and movable cultural heritage that relate to human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability.

To achieve its purpose, the Peace Foundation:

• Awards an annual major grant of up to $10,000;
• Considers applications for minor grants of up to $1,500 annually;
• Hosts an annual fundraising dinner and silent art auction;
• Runs projects including the Kaurna reconciliation walk and reconciliation artwork.

Future work of the Peace Foundation to achieve this purpose will include:

• Awarding an annual indigenous scholarship for students in the Arts;
• Providing cultural awareness training for schools and corporations;

Graham F. Smith (1924-1989)

“The inspiration of my life, my dreams, has always been made up of peace, socialism, of solidarity, of liberation, of loving and caring.”

The Peace Foundations namesake, Graham F. Smith was a lifelong activist and educator, Graham’s passionate commitment to peace and freedom took him around the world and into the classroom.

Graham F Smith

From his Australian Army experiences in the closing period of the Second World War, where he aided the struggle of the Indonesian people against Dutch colonialism, to his involvement in Cuba, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Vietnam, he always supported the struggle for independence and freedom.

 

Graham believed that people who are taught to think and to challenge and who are encouraged to expand their imagination can create a better world. Such was his belief in the power of education.

His dedication to the egalitarian principles of socialism, democracy, peace, international understanding and the dignity of labour was the inspiration for the Peace Foundation that bears his name. The Peace Foundation is a fitting legacy to a life well lived.