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On display at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery, from 11 November 2017 to 18 February 2018
Please note that some visitors may find the themes in this exhibition confronting. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Finding peace through art, chaos and colour on the streets of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Civilisation is a large installation of nine painted canvas panels and is the culmination of a series of works painted by George Gittoes during his time in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The work is inspired by the paintings of Pashto heroes on the rickshaws of Jalalabad, where Gittoes has made his temporary home as he establishes the Yellow House - a haven for artists in war zones.

George Gittoes is an internationally renowned artist and this is the first time this work, which directly relates to his award winning documentary Snow Monkeys, has been exhibited in Tasmania.  

Gittoes has seen and experienced terrible suffering as a result of many conflicts around the globe. Despite the horror he has witnessed he remains a self-described optimist, believing that his role in depicting both the devastation of war and the love and humanity he observes in places like Jalalabad will encourage compassion and ultimately peace. This is why he has established multiple iterations of his Yellow House around the globe, to offer a haven for creativity and freedom of expression that reminds those living with war of the humanity that still exists around them.

Public Program

Friday 10 November 2017
6-8pm at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park
Cost: QVMAG Friends $7.50, non-members $11
Bookings essential: 6323 3798 or

CIVILISATION: A presentation by George Gittoes, Hellen Rose and Waqar Alam
Join us for a special evening with the 2015 Sydney Peace Prize recipient, Australian filmmaker and war artist/ photographer Dr George Gittoes AM, renowned singer and performer Hellen Rose, and Waqar Alam, an up and coming Pashtun film producer and director. George, Hellen and Waqar will give a dynamic presentation featuring images, videos, live performances and a lecture about their time creating works of art in Jalalabad. They will give you an awe-inspiring insight into making art on the front line and fighting for peace by reclaiming culture through creativity.

Saturday 11 November 2017
From 11am at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park
Free admission, no booking required

George Gittoes paints live at QVMAG
A rare opportunity to see world renowned artist, journalist and filmmaker Dr George Gittoes AM paint live in Gallery 7 at QVMAG Royal Park. Gittoes has spent decades pursuing peace in some of the world's most volatile war zones through creativity, cultural revival and art. This is your chance to see one of Australia's living treasures respond in real time to his exhibition Civilisation.

Supported by Hatherley Birrell Collection and the Launceston Art Centre. 

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