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Grant Recipients


The Parallel Effect – Origami Flight

This unique immersive, large-scale installation project – a nexus of art, science and technology was conceived and as part of Australia’s 2020 Next Wave arts festival. With the Festival cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions, curator, designer and producer Daz Chandler found a unique way to bring elements of the work to an even greater audience through its digital iteration.


Can Art Stop a Bullet – William Kelly’s Big Picture – F-reel Film and Television

A documentary film about the artist and peace activist William Kelly OAM with producer Fiona Cochrane and director Mark Street.

This important film uses Kelly’s monumental ‘Peace or War/The Big Picture’ (1.6m X12.6m) as its central theme and links it to other international peace makers and artists who share his passion for peace, arts and activism.

Director Mark Street says the production team were deeply honoured to be acknowledged by the Peace Foundation.

“We hope to screen the documentary via traditional distribution channels including free-to-air television, cable channels, film festivals, DVD distribution and educational outlets.

“But ultimately the biggest influence we can have comes from partnering with existing peace and anti-war organisations, such as the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation” says Mark.


The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) – for the 2018 Festival

HRAFF is a not-for-profit arts organisation that explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art, music and forums. HRAFF inspires and engages audiences with social justice and human rights issues via an annual festival and year-round through the CineSeeds program, online networks and partners.


Conversations, what do you take with you when you can carry nothing? – Various People Inc

A work-in-progress by Various People Inc., this project centres on an immersive music theatre work exploring what it is to be displaced from our homes. Various People Inc. is recognised for the excellence of its artistic work and for addressing social issues through innovative artistic projects. They have created work for the Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Come Out, Cabaret and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Read more about Various People Inc.


Tree of Life: Gift of Peace – Yalata Anangu Community and Nuclear Futures

A peace sculpture gifted from Yalata to Nagasaki – a collaboration between Steve Harrison representing the Yalata Anangu Community and Nuclear Futures Creative Producer, Paul Brown. In recognition of atomic survivor communities worldwide, this Indigenous gift was the first Australian sculpture contribution to the internationally renowned Nagasaki Peace Park. Yalata (in the far west of South Australia) is a community affected by British-led atomic testing in Australia.


The Barngarla Stories of Resilience – Barngarla People

The Barngarla Stories of Resilience project occurred between August and December 2014 and involved Barngarla people from Port Augusta, in particular the Dare family. The project culminated with the public exhibition One Love, One Family at the Port Augusta Cultural Centre and showcased the artworks created during the innovative project that used the processes of narrative therapy and art making for individual and community healing.


Cracken Fling – Carclew Youth Arts

Cracken Fling worked with children and community members in a new children’s contemporary art space in Davoren Park called Pom Pom, to create a soft, sculptural installation that can be used for storytelling, story writing, reading and art making. The project helped to tackle issues such as oppression and discrimination within a wide range of disadvantaged groups. This project was in partnership with Communities for Children, the City of Playford and the Government of South Australia through Arts SA and Renewal SA. Communities for Children are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. www.carclew.org.au 


Cutaway – a Ceremony – Vitalstatistix Theatre Company

Cutaway – a Ceremony – presented by Vitalstatistix was the final work produced as part of a three ear program celebrating and paying homage to Vitalstatistix’s heritage-listed home, formerly the Waterside Workers Hall. The Hall was central to unionism, campaigns for peace, workers’ rights, justice for Aboriginal people and working-class cultural expression for over 85 years. This production situates the Hall in the context of a changing urban environment. The work was made collaboratively by artists and local Port Adelaide community partners, and presented as a major performance event through a two-week season in November 2013.


Knowing Home – No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (NSA)

Knowing Home is a theatre piece about the place and meaning of ‘home’ in the lives of 16 adult, disabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) performers.  NSA is highly regarded for the artistic quality and integrity of its work and  and involves members of the community that are often forgotten by the mainstream. 


Skip Miller’s Hit Songs – Brink Productions 

Skip Miller’s Hit Songs is a multi-narrative theatre work for African and Australian actors and musicians, drawing on the storytelling traditions of two continents. Brink Productions had been developing this project for nearly two years. Written by SA playwright Sean Riley, it tells the story of Skip Miller, an Australian photo-journalist who returns home to Australia after a career spent on the African continent. The show premiered at the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival. www.brinkproductions.com


Rockin’ the Boat – Vitalstatistix Theatre Company

A sold-out hit at the Port Festival, Rockin’ the Boat raises a toast to the docksiders, seafarers, working girls, dreamers and rebels of Port Adelaide and ports around the world. An eclectic night of stories and songs – from Brecht to Guys and Dolls, Nick Cave to Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell to John Lennon – Rockin’ the Boat is a celebration and protest in true Port style! www.vitalstatistixtheatrecompany.blogspot.com


Peace Posters – Breakdown Press

This unique project developed by Breakdown Press producing broadsheet series of 30 wonderful A2 posters exploring ideas about peace. Hopefully these posters ended up on bedroom walls, in workplaces, streets, shopfronts and schools! Artists and designers were encouraged to use writing and statistics from academics, historians, poets, scientists, activists and song writers in their poster designs. For further information visit www.breakdownpress.org


Street Theatre – ActNow Theatre for Social Change

ActNow Theatre for Social Change is an emerging young people’s political theatre company, based in Adelaide. They aim to empower young people to use theatre as a tool for social change. Peace Trust funding supported the development of two street theatre performances.


Commissioned Music – Mallacoota Strum Inc

Mallacoota Strum Inc were supported to commission Padma Newsome to compose a piece for Making Music Together for Peace as part of the East Gippsland Community Peace Project. This weekend community music festival in Mallacoota, 26-28th September 2008 included choral, improvisation, instrumental and songwriting workshops.


On the Banks of the TigrisMarsha Emerman, Fruitful Films

This inspiring documentary film promotes peace and cultural understanding, celebrating the Jewish contribution to Iraqi music and the cultural bonds that link all Iraqis. When Majid Shokor escaped from Iraq he discovered a hidden history – that many of the songs he and other Iraqis sing today were written by Jews. Determined to know the truth about this beautiful music and the Jewish people who had to flee Iraq in the 1950s, he embarks on a journey to find the composers, performers and stories behind the music he loves. Marsha Emerman is a documentary filmmaker and lecturer with over 20 years experience making films on peace, human rights and social justice themes. The Peace Trust’s grant helped fund the film-making team’s to travel to Israel in December ’06 and film interviews with several musicians and songwriters who were more than 80 years old.


Second to None – Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts 

In 2007 the Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts in Port Adelaide was Australia’s only Indigenous Youth Performing arts company. Our major grant supported the workshop program leading to the production Second to None, a co-production with Vitalstatistix Theatre Company. The outdoor, history-making performance and installation event included dance, installation, film and the recreation of important Kaurna ceremony. The audience took a bus journey through four significant sites celebrating the past, present and future of the Port.


The Hit! – Para//elo

A play about terror, directed by Netta Yaschin with text development by Christos Tsiolkas. Para//elo is a performing arts organisations telling original Australian stories in the context of cultural diversity using cross-cultural practice and methodologies.


Best We Forget – presented by boat-people.org.

This satirical art project lampooned mass memory loss and aimed to elicit interest in a revived public record – an experiment in community knowledge sharing and a critical analysis of nationalism.


Songs of Peace and Reconciliation – Brunswick Women’s Chior

Brunswick Women’s Choir commissioned composer Jennie Swan to write a work with the themes of peace, tolerance and reconciliation. The composition had it’s premier performance at the Brunswick Town Hall in October 2006 in a concert entitled Songs of Peace and Reconciliation. The composition became a part of the extensive repertoire of the choir and was performed for many months in Melbourne, country Victoria and New Zealand.


Hearsay – Siv Grava and John Turpie

The Hearsay Art Project enabled artists to work with refugees and asylum seekers of the Baxter Detention Centre in Port Augusta for six months, culminating in a visual arts installation. The collaborative installation offered an alternative to the hearsay about the men, women and children being held in Australia’s detention centres.