According to Goldie, english DJ, actor, breakdancer but mostly graffiti artist, “Art can play a huge role in building peace. Through public work sit spreads a message on the streets: the world itself is a large white canvas to paint on”. This is known by International Alert, the humanitarian organization that since 1986 helps the people involved in international conflicts to find peaceful solutions and that from 4 to 20 September, as part of the Talking Peace Festival, promotes the campaign #ART4PEACE at London’s The Old Truman Brewery. It is a global initiative that uses the power of art to inspire new conversations and points of view on peace and on issues related to the conflicts around the world. Launched last year, when Yoko Ono depicted her own peace version, this year the campaign will focus on peace in the urban context.
An exhibition, “Peace from the street up!”, will be attended by 20 international artists who have filled streets with color and posts, working and coming from cities at war. With the message “peace in our cities”, Shop 12, Dray Walk, in London’s The Old Truman Brewery will enable artists to meet on the subject of peace: at work the British Ben Turnbull, Dan Kitchener, David Scheinmann, David Whittaker, Goldie, Inkie, K-Guy, Matt Small and Boutique War, the French Clet Abraham, Kashink, Teurk and Victor Ash, but also the Egyptian Ganzeer, the Italian Sten Lex, the Israeli Know Hope, the Chilean Otto Schade, the Nepali Sadhus X, the Syrian Tammam Azzam and Poles Olek and Yola.
Another srteet artist, to accompany the exhibition, will realize a mural live painting on 19 September at Ely’s Yard, near the site of exposure, and on 21, during the International Day of Peace proclaimed by the United Nations, the works on display will be exposed at an auction open to all bidders in the world. The campaign will end on October 2, when at The Club at The Ivy Club in London’s West End, a public auction of all the works will be held: the proceeds from the event will be donated to International Alert, for projects consolidation of peace in more than 25 countries worldwide.