Grant Recipients

2018 Major Grant – $10,000

A documentary film about the artist and peace activist William Kelly OAM has won the 2018 Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Peace Award which was announced today. The annual award recognises a significant contribution to peace through the arts. This year’s award, with a grant of $10,000, has been presented to f-reel film and television, for the feature film documentary William Kelly’s Big Picture (in
production) 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.

The Peace Foundation acknowledges the importance and value of this exciting work, which recognises the extraordinary contribution of William Kelly, artist humanist and peace activist.

Accepting the award for f-reel film and television, 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 Peace Foundation commends the strength and social commitment of this project, supported by William Kelly’s wonderful story and his deep compassion for the human experience. We look forward to seeing the project come to fruition and screening here in South Australia.

2015 Major Grant – $10,000

On Friday 23 October the Governor of South Australia his Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van presented the 2015 Graham F Smith Foundation Major Grant of $10,000 dollars to Steve Harrison representing the Yalata Anangu Community and Nuclear Futures Creative Producer, Paul Brown. The project is inspiring and uplifting. A Peace Sculpture was gifted from Yalata to Nagasaki.

We would particularly like to acknowledge artist Daniel Connell (from Fontanelle Gallery and Studios) and his project, Raw Meet and to Restless Dance Theatre, who submitted a fabulous proposal to run a Masterclass series, creating an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with disability. These two applicants shone out and though in this grant process we wish them well in achieving success with their projects.

 Steve Harrison His Excellency Paul Brown







Steve Harrison receiving the Award from his Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van with Paul Brown.

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2014 Major Grant – $10,000

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.

Artwork from the Barngarla Stories of Resilience Project

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2014  Minor Grant – $1,500

Building Bridges is the title of the 2015 Come Out Festival, run by Adelaide Festival Centre’s centrED team.
CentrED Education Manager Robyn Callan facilitated The Peace Foundation education for Artists Make the Difference: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Peace Foundation. This involvement was the inspiration for the Building Bridges project.

For more information about grants read the annual report 2015, found here.

2013 Major Grant Winner – $10,000

Cracken Fling – Carclew Youth Arts

“Cracken Fling” has 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 has helped to tackle issues such as oppression and discrimination within a wide range of disadvantaged groups. This project is 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. 

2013 Minor Grant Winner – $1,500

A Peace of the Action – Radio Adelaide

“A Peace of the Action” radio program covers a broad range of contemporary issues such as local and global economic and environmental justice, militarism and its ramifications, civic and political activism and ongoing issues such as peace and gender equity. We bring listeners social change ideas that are out of the mainstream.

Cutaway-a ceremony – Vitalstatistix Theatre Company (2012) $10,000

Vitalstatistix was presented with the $10,000 grant at the recent Peace Foundation Fundraiser, Dinner PARTY. The grant is for the creation of Cutaway – a ceremony which is the final art work to be produced as part of Cutaway, a three year program. Cutaway celebrates and pays 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. These themes all relate to the objectives of the Peace Foundation.In this celebration Cutaway – a ceremony situates the Hall in the context of a changing urban environment, a community in transition and the continuing custodianship of this land by Kaurna people. Cutaway – a ceremony will be a series of ceremonies undertaken as a site-based promenade performance. The work will be 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.

Prospect Community Garden Art Project – Prospect Community Garden (2012) $1,500

The Prospect Community Garden Sub-Committee was awarded the minor grant to assist in the creation and construction of an Art Construction for the entrance of the “Prospect Community Garden Art Project.”

Knowing Home’ – No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (2011) $10,000

Knowing Home by No Strings Attached, (NSA) Theatre of Disability, 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. The project has a well-considered process and plans to develop an education component. NSA is also highly regarded for the artistic quality and integrity of its work. NSA was previously awarded the inaugural Fringe Peace award in 2011. This was not considered in the process and while also not part of the criteria this project does fit with the Peace Foundation’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Overall NSA has demonstrated in the past that it produces high quality work and involves members of the community that are often forgotten by the mainstream. The Peace Foundation is proud to use its funds to promote the production of work that meets its objectives of peace, justice and care for the environment through the arts.

Skip Miller’s Hit Songs – Brink Productions (2010) $10,000

Skip Miller’s Hit Songs is a multi-narrative theater 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.

Rockin’ the Boat – Vital Statistix (2010) $10,00

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!

Peace Posters – Breakdown Press (2009/2010)

This unique project developed by Breakdown Press producing broadsheet series of 30 wonderful A2 posters exploring ideas about peace. Hopefully these posters will end 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

The Academy of DYI – Format Festival (2009)

A weekend festival of accessible arts, activism, education and collaboration, designed to facilitate skill-sharing and the development of strong networks amongst artists and activists. The festival was part of the Adelaide Fringe in March 2009 and included panels, workshops, film screenings and exhibitions. The Peace Trust congratulates the Format Festival on their 2010 Ruby award.

ActNow – Street Theate (2008)

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

East Gippsland Community Peace Project – Commissioned Music (2008)

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 Tigris – Documentary Film (2007)

On the Banks of the Tigris is an inspiring new documentary film that is timely, uplifting and promotes peace and cultural understanding.
The film celebrates 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. In Israel, the UK, Holland, and at home in Australia, he finds an amazing cast of characters – Jewish, Muslim and Christian – who play marvelous music, tell spellbinding stories, and inspire him to work for peace and reconciliation between all Iraqis. Marsha Emerman is a documentary filmmaker and lecturer with over 20 years experience making films on peace, human rights and social justice themes.
Majid Shoukor is an actor, playwright and former member of the Iraqi National Theatre. After four years in Lebanon teaching drama and writing, he and his family came to Melbourne in 2001 through the auspices of the UNHCR. Peace Trust funding helped to enable the film making team to travel to Israel in December ’06 and film interviews with several musicians and songwriters who are more than 80 years old.

Second to None Performance/Installation (2007)

The Peace Trust was very proud to be associated with Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts in Port Adelaide in 2007. Kurruru, meaning ‘circle’ in Kaurna language, is Australia’s only Indigenous Youth Performing arts company. The Peace Trust funded Kurruru with a major grant to support the workshop program leading to the production Second to None, a co-production with Vitalstatistix Theatre Company.
Second to None was an outdoor, history-making performance and installation event including 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.

Brunswick Women’s Chior

Brunswick Women’s Choir Commissioning of a 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 will become a part of the extensive repertoire of the choir and will be performed for many months in Melbourne, country Victoria and New Zealand. Listen and Purchase songs at

Nasser Palangi – “I lost everything – Woman during the war”

Nasser Palangi’s project is “I lost everything – Woman during the war”; an exhibition of photographs and sketches of women living through the Iran- Iraq war (1980-1988) including story telling and slide shows about the exhibition. The exhibition was held at the School of Art Gallery at the Australian National University from 18 – 24 September 2006. Email for further information. The exhibition was also shown in Adelaide in 2006. Nasser is an Iranian-Australian artist and lecturer at the ANU school of art who was in the war for the entire eight years.

Woodville High School Kaurna Meyuna

Woodville High School Kaurna Meyuna, Kaurna Yerta Education Initiative The Peace Trust is absolutely delighted that the Kaurna Meyuna, Kaurna Yerta public art and trail will be used by Indigenous senior secondary students as part of their cultural and language studies program. Digital technology and visual primary source material will make the walking trail guide available to the students on palm pilots, which we believe will significantly enhance their learning and understanding. This program has the potential to increase Indigenous-led cross-cultural experiences for a variety of audiences.