Stuart Robertson’s Peace in 10,000 Hands is global art project that’s creating a visual provocation to challenge and reinvigorate the conversation for peace. Inspired by the belief that art is intimately entwined with the human condition, Robertson believes that it has the power to challenge and create change. “Since the time of cave drawings, art has inspired and transcended the boundaries of language, culture, religion, time and space,” he says. “Imagery can break down barriers, move effortlessly across borders, speak profoundly to the heart of mankind and spark emotion and inspiration in every one of us.”
Central to the series is a single white rose held in the hands of 10,000 people from every country and every walk of life. The concept that Robertson explores is the idea of mankind’s global interconnectedness. He probes into the emotional repositories of our individual belief systems about peace, and quietly sets adrift a deep question about the human experience.
Artworks from throughout the project are being donated 100% to various charities focused on furthering peace through children’s education, safety and wellbeing. “Each of our actions and thoughts has a subtle, yet profound ripple effect. We are responsible for, and have the ability to choose, how we influence that ripple.”
At The Digital Show
Leica Australia will be hosting an exhibition of Stuart Robertson's work during The Digital Show, 16-18 October at Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Robertson be sharing his phenomenal story at the Leica stand during the following times
Friday, 16 October – 12PM
Saturday, 17 October – 12PM
Sunday, 18 October – 1:45PM
About the artist
Stuart Robertson was born in 1969, Auckland, New Zealand. Contemporary artist and humanitarian, Stuart Robertson melds photography, film, digital media, symbolism, hand-blown glass and neon with his background in design and fabrication to create works that speak profoundly to the viewer, causing us to confront our own preconceptions and gracefully recognise our similarities in the human condition.
Creating a global conversation and ripple effect, he draws on the phenomenal power of modern social networks and instant borderless communication that dissolves prejudice and makes mankind more connected than at any other time in history.
The artist’s practice has developed and been refined over 30 years. His artworks now hang in many private established collections throughout New Zealand and the USA, and in recent years his profile has gained significant momentum internationally.
Robertson’s passion for seeing the world through an alternate view runs deep. His grandfathers were both prolific photographers with their own darkrooms and camera collections. Their love for the medium underpins the artist’s own obsession.
Permanent Exhibitions and Galleries
Studio 66 - 66 Industrial Place, Queenstown, New Zealand
Gallery X - Khartoum Place, 36 Lorne Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Gusto, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Orleans Bar and Restaurant Britomart, Auckland and Christchurch
Frame – Orakei Bay, Auckland
Nathan Club - Britomart Auckland
Gusford Art Gallery, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, August 2013
Orakei Bay, Global Launch Exhibition, Auckland May 2014
LAB Art Gallery, Collaboration, South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, June 2014
Auckland War Memorial Museum, International Peace Day (Film), Sept 2014
Sydney Peace Day, September 2014
Tibetan Gallery – Sebastopol, California, January 2015
Pataka Art + Museum, September 2015