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William Kelly – The Heart of the Matter

A humanist artist and a human rights-advocate and founder of the Archive of Humanist Art, William (Bill) Kelly, is set to have a solo show at MARS Gallery in early June of this year.

Previously the Dean of the School of Art at VCA, Bill is an artist who has responded and travelled to disastrous events in many countries, including South Africa, Northern Ireland, Spain and Germany, working with a wide demographic from different community sectors.
Kelly has also worked with indigenous groups and artists residing in Australia and abroad, he has indeed developed a unique position as an artist of high calibre, committed to working both within the studio and on projects of community concern.

His projects and his exhibitions have always entailed a humanistic response to atrocious and violent events in Australia and abroad for example the travelling group show, Dialogue Among Civilizations International Print Portfolio. Among many invitations to speak as a guest lecturer, Kelly has spoken at the Annual Human Rights and Justice Conference exploring the impact of violence on the lives of adolescents. A point highlighted in a documentary of a project for which he was commissioned in Guernica (Spain) where it was said “…after the Guernica of Picasso, Kelly’s project is the next most important symbol of the bombing of Guernica.” (Ricardo Abaunza, Director Guernica Culture Centre, Spain)

Kelly’s work has earned him such honours as a Fulbright Scholarship, the Australian Metal Building Design Award and Australian Violence Prevention Award, the first visual art project to ever receive the prize. He was also the recipient of the coat of arms of Guernica for collaboration in the arts, presented by the city of Guernica, Spain.

For the first time, Bill Kelly will present a show of works from all his important projects and travels, exhibitions and responses from around the world.