Kiwi Artist Crowdsourcing Funds to Continue Global Art Peace Project
Peace in 10,000 Hands to be Boosted's biggest campaign
Queenstown artist Stu Robertson is photographing a single white rose, an ancient symbol of peace, in the hands of 10,000 people from every country on the planet - and is now turning to the New Zealand Arts Foundation crowd-funding platform Boosted to raise $55,000 for the next leg of his journey: South Africa and Asia.
The "Peace in 10,000 Hands" crowd-funding campaign kicks off from 8th May to 12thJune and will be the largest campaign to hit Boosted since it launched a little over a year ago.
Stu plans to use the funds raised from Boosted to continue his project in the South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa, where several nations are struggling with peace. Every $100 raised from the Boosted campaign allows Stu to photograph one more person.
When completed, the project will become a contemporary art exhibition on a scale that confronts, provokes and gives rise to a global conversation for peace. Artworks from the project are being donated 100% to charities focused on furthering peace through children's education, safety and wellbeing.
Stu's already captured over 1,350 people from all walks of life around the world holding the white rose in the palm of their hands, including Hollywood celebrities Danny DeVito, Demi Moore, Ricky Gervais, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Brooke Shields; as well as famous New Zealanders such as the Governor General, Sir Richard Taylor, Sir Richard Hadlee, Sir Ray Avery, Sir Stephen Tindall, Valerie Adams, Lucy Lawless, and Martin Henderson (to name a few!).
Lesser-known individuals who have taken part range from remote Indian villagers, whose photographed hands reveal fingers lost to disease, to heavily tattooed, bare-chested urban LA street gang leaders.
In addition to the photograph, Stu also records each model's personal definition of "what peace means" next to their photograph.
New Zealand Arts Foundation Executive Director Simon Bowden says that Boosted has granted more than $340,000 to fantastic projects in the past year and is proud to support a New Zealand artist taking on the world:
"The Arts Foundation is excited to support our biggest Boosted project to date. His project is ambitious and it is great to see that so many people all over the world are taking notice. The responses to Stu's images are stunning and demonstrate that the arts know no borders. We are proud to support a New Zealand artist taking on the world."
During his travels to 12 countries, Stu has met with several people who have expressed their interest in supporting his art project, including film companies, book publishers, art galleries and US-based social networking businesses.
"I am thrilled to be working with the Boosted team and I am really grateful for the extra support and advice they are giving to the project," says Stu Robertson. "Funds raised via Boosted will get me one step closer to achieving the goal of photographing 10,000 people.
"But it's more than that: I would also love for this campaign to be successful so that it can help shine a massive light on the New Zealand arts community, and ultimately help other artists carry out their dreams like I am."
People wanting to contribute to Stu's campaign can do so by visiting www.boosted.org.nz/projects/peace-in-10000-hands before 12th June.
Every $500 raised from the Boosted campaign puts Stu on the road for one more day in another country photographing the white rose in the hands of hundreds more people.
In the past 12 months, Boosted has helped New Zealand artists raise more than $340,000 through its crowd-funding platform, which was launched a year ago and remains our country's most dedicated arts focused crowd-funding website.