SANAA: A Better World Through Creativity

Kerry Packer Civic Gallery Exhibition

Exhibition dates: Monday 6 February - Wednesday 29 March

Gallery open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (Thursdays until 7pm)
Hawke Building level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide

Showcasing East Africa's artistic talent, five international Kenyan artists known for pushing boundaries recently visited South Australia exhibiting their artwork as part of SANAA: A Better World Through Creativity. 

This artwork gives a voice to minority groups who are working on political, cultural and socially engaged street art - expressing themes such as rising racial tension, increasingly complex global politics and border control.

The artists are strong role models and leaders in their community, illustrating the power of art in changing lives and the abundance of artistic talent in East Africa. These creations seek to empower audiences, create awareness as well as advocacy for social change.

Recent Press, Adelaide Advertiser: Vulture soars as force for change 
Recent Press, UniSA News: The Writing's on the wall: exhibition celebrates urban art for positive change
SBS TV : Adelaide becomes the perfect canvas for iconic African street art



Onyis Martin is a visual and mixed media artist, rapidly gaining international recognition. Most recently awarded runner up in the Barclay’s Latelier - South Africa’s most prestigious art prize, his work delves into global concerns, not only affecting Africa, but the world as a whole.    

YouTube: Meet the Artist - Onyis Martin
Twitter: @OnyisMartin




Wise Two is a visual and graffiti artist who has exhibited around the world, including a solo exhibition show in Paris. His artwork style is crafted on years of research on African stencil art and psychedelic patterns.

Wise Two website
Wise Two Facebook




Bankslave is a visual and graffiti artist, well known for using art as a voice for social change - his messages are often political and he has made headlines in Kenya, for pushing boundaries using art as the catalyst. 

Bankslave Facebook
YouTube: Bankslave Kenyan graffiti revolution
Bankslave Instagram




The final artist is Swift9, who will paint a mural of the late Nelson Mandela, who served as the Hawke Centre’s first International Patron (2001-2013), in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery from 14 to 16 February.

Press: Graffiti artists spray city in colours for peace and unity
Press: taking art to the people 
Press: The Power of Graffiti Art on Modern Kenya 


In conjunction with the SANAA Exhibition at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, the Kenyan artists will transform a city street with spectacular mural art, to be launched with an African music, art, dance and cultural festival on Saturday 25 February, Eliza Street – Adelaide.

SANAA website
SANAA Facebook

View a YouTube clip of Swift9 painting the mural of the late Nelson Mandela, who served as the Hawke Centre’s first International Patron (2001-2013).





Artist Talk, 22 February
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery 

This panel presentation, facilitated by Stephen Tongun, Adelaide local of Kenyan descent, gave the audience the opportunity to hear first-hand from these artists, who talked about their art journey.



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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre
This is an Adelaide Fringe Event 


While the views presented by speakers within the Hawke Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia or The Hawke Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: strengthening our democracy - valuing our diversity - and building our future.

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