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AUSTRALIAN ART AND THE UN

The UN has declared 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, 2021 and has designated 21 April, (Day 2 of our Forum) World Creativity and Innovation Day to raise awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.

UNAA is delighted to partner with the Australian Print Workshop (APW) to present an online art exhibition as a special feature of the UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum.

This exhibition is a re-creation of selected works from People in a Landscape: Contemporary Australian Prints - the first Australian exhibition to be shown at the Palais des Nations, the UN’s Headquarters in Geneva.

With 30 limited edition prints from 20 of Australia’s best-known artists who work in print, this 2003 exhibition was curated by APW Director, Anne Virgo, who has also curated this online re-creation. An artwork from the 2003 exhibition artists was acquired for the Palais des Nations permanent collection - a lasting presence of the APW and Australian artists in the UN.  

The United Nations Geneva Cultural Activities Programme provides Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva and international organizations with access to a cultural diplomacy space to share art and culture at the Palais des Nations. “Empowering an exchange and dialogue among cultures and peoples of different traditions and backgrounds, the Programme aims to foster tolerance and respect.”

Click on each image below for Artist details and read through the Event Catalogue below

Australian Print Workshop and the UN Security Council 2013

In 2013, the Australian Print Workshop took Australian visual arts to the UN again. Then Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN, HE Gary Quinlan commissioned APW, to produce a limited edition print to mark Australia’s fifth term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council from 2013 to 2014.

Vicki Couzens, a highly respected Indigenous artist whose work encompasses printmaking, painting, sculpture and public art, was commissioned by APW to create a new artwork for this project. Vicki is a descendant of the Kirrae Wurrong/Gunditjmara clan from Western Victoria.

APW printers worked with Vicki to produce an original limited edition fine art etching. The etching, titled ‘tambawan,’ is a symbolic representation of a meeting place, which reflects the idea of the UN Security Council as a meeting place for the maintenance of international peace and security.

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Vicki Couzens with

APW Printer Martin King

working on her etching for the UN

Art and the SDGs

The pandemic has had a crushing impact on the arts sector worldwide but, at the same time, has amplified the importance of creativity and innovation to human wellbeing and to achieving sustainable development. The creative economy, also known as the “orange economy” involves the interplay between human creativity and ideas, knowledge and technology, as well as cultural values or artistic, cultural heritage and other individual or collective creative expressions and is vital for recovery and building back better post pandemic.

Jordana Angus was commissioned to create artworks to be used for the Australian Government's Reporting Platform website and Australia's 2018 Voluntary National Review.

Jordana is an established contemporary Wiradjuri artist and emerging jeweller. Her traditional land is Narrandera New South Wales but she was born and raised in Redcliffe, Queensland. This location has given Jordana an innate connection to where the land meets the sea. Jordana has drawn inspiration through reclaiming childhood cultural memories and connection to country to design 17 individual, yet interconnected, art strips symbolising each of the 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals.

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UNAA is delighted to partner with the Australian Print Workshop to present this online exhibition highlighting the power of art and culture to capture a collective commitment to cooperation, multilateralism and global solidarity. Creative forces promote not just economic growth, but also inclusion, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

Australian Print Workshop (APW), located in Melbourne, offers Australia's most comprehensive professional printmaking facilities for both established and emerging artists with access to a wide range of printmaking equipment and expertise in a world-class printmaking workshop. Attracting many of Australia's leading artists, the annual program represents the very best in contemporary printmaking

Established in 1981, APW turns 40 this year, and has a long history of projects that actively encourage cooperative ventures with artists and other arts and business organisations, both locally and internationally. These partnerships result in the production of new and challenging works in the print medium, maintaining a reputation for the Workshop that is acknowledged worldwide.

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Australian Print Workshop