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'Peace or war: the big picture' by William Kelly

03 October 2016, 12:00am11 December 2016, 12:00am
Location La Trobe Reading Room
The Dome, Level 3

Visit the dome to see William Kelly’s large-scale artwork, spanning more than three storeys.

Kelly’s work reflects on the perspectives of various artists over the past 100 years who have expressed the belief that peace is a better option than war.

Peace or war was supported by Kelly's Creative Fellowship at State Library Victoria and a public arts grant from the City of Melbourne.

Read Kelly's artist statement about and Dr Vincent Alessi's personal response to this artwork, originally published in a room brochure to accompany Peace or war

Kelly's Creative Fellowship also resulted in a folio of prints entitled Not in my name and a limited edition book, Fellow travellers. The latter is on display in the Library’s Mirror of the world exhibition until 5 November 2016.

About William Kelly

William Kelly is an internationally respected humanist artist and pacifist. His work addresses the notions and ideals of community and the power of art to engage in the major issues of our time including peace, human rights, social justice, reconciliation and environment.

Kelly is a recipient of the Coat of Arms of the City of Guernica, Spain, and the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey Foundation, Boston, USA. Other recipients of the latter award are Martin Luther King Jr, Muhammad Ali, the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Ghandi, Rosa Parks and John Lennon.

Kelly was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM), and invited to represent Australia in a collaborative work with Aboriginal artist, Benjamen McKeown, for the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights International Print Portfolio.

He is a Fulbright fellow, honorary life member of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and former dean of the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.

Trained at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA, and the National Gallery School, Melbourne, Kelly’s work has been exhibited in more than 20 countries, and in cities including Sydney, Cologne and New York. His work is held in collections including the National Gallery of Australia; United Nations Collection, Geneva, Switzerland; Guernica Peace Museum, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Melbourne; Durban Art Gallery, South Africa; Queensland Art Gallery, and others. Kelly’s work is represented by Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art.