William Kelly OAM

William Kelly on the announcement of his receiving a Creative Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria (Photo: State Library of Victoria)

William Kelly on the announcement of his receiving a Creative Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria (Photo: State Library of Victoria)

PEACE STATEMENT FROM WILLIAM KELLY, PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE AMBASSADOR
This statement was prepared and presented by William Kelly, Artist, Fullbright Fellow, recipient of an Australian Violence Prevention Award from the Prime Minister of Australia and Peace and Non-violence Ambassador for the Mornington Peninsula Peace Vigil, October 2001.

Between the hope that each dawn brings and the beauty of each sunset are the realities of our days – days lived in peace, and for some in threat of war, in war or with memory of it. On this day those who know war and violence, and members of the community and children who know nothing of war come together.

On this land of ancient peoples and keepers of stories and spirit, candles are lit by people of many continents, and many faiths. They burn in commemoration of violence endured, lives lost, love for one another and as a promise of commitment to the future of our children.

Yesterday is remembered. Tomorrow anticipated. Today, rising above horrific acts that we have witnessed, there is hope and shared aspirations. Tonight there is peace in this place to sustain us and light to show us truths.

Thank you, have a lovely evening.

 

ABOUT WILLIAM KELLY

William Kelly is a former Dean of the Victorian College of the Arts, worked in a sideshow of a travelling circus, has been a visiting artist/guest lecturer at Yale University, the New York Studio School and others, was a member of the South Park Gang, is a Fulbright Scholar, Creative Fellow of the State Library of Victoria, has been a steelworker and holder of a New York taxi driver’s license, was made an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, is the recipient of an Australian Violence Prevention Award from the Prime Minister and has been called “an outrider of our personal conscience.”  A native of New York, now based in Victoria, Australia, William studied at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, USA) and at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, Australia. He has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of the “Coat of Arms” of the city of Guernica, Spain and the prestigious “Courage of Conscience Award” from the Peace Abbey, Boston, USA. He has represented Australia in the International United Nations Human Rights Print Portfolio (in collaboration with Aboriginal artist, Benjamin McKeown) and he was selected to represent Australia in the international print folio “Dialogue Among Nations” organised by Art for Humanity, Durban, South Africa. His work is in the United Nations Collection (Geneva, Switzerland), Museum of Modern Art (Melbourne, Australia), International Institute of Education (New York City), Durban Art Gallery (South Africa), Australian National Gallery (Canberra) and over 50 public, corporate, university and museum collections worldwide.