A Better World Through Creativity

Kerry Packer Civic Gallery Exhibition

Exhibition dates: Monday 4 February - WEDNESDAY 27 March

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

Showcasing the work of Australian and African artists - from the grassroots level to some of the African continents leading visual artists, Sanaa: A Better World Through Creativity returns to the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery in 2019. 

This year’s exhibition includes artwork from an award-winning Ugandan photographer, a Zambian artist exploring female identity, a Ghanaian installation artist, a leading South African contemporary artist, new street artists from East Africa, as well as local artists. 

A highlight of the exhibition is from visiting Kenyan street artist Thufu Bebeto, who has painted a mural directly onto the gallery wall.

ARTIST TALK, Thursday 21 February 4.30pm - 5.30pm

An opportunity to hear first-hand from the artists below, who will talk about their creative journey. This will be followed by the exhibition launch from 5.30pm.


The work of five visiting African artists will be among the work displayed, with these artists participating in an Artist Talk at the Gallery.



Fatric Bewong is an Interdisciplinary Artist and Art Educator who uses craft, fashion, site specific performances, site specific installations and community to address environmental issues.

Working with post-consumer plastic goods, textile scraps, thread, scissors, and needles, Fatric manipulates their intrinsic qualities to address pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, political power, world economic order and cultural authenticity.

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A Zambian self-taught visual artist, Mwamba creative process focuses on women’s identity in a place where social norms prevail and female roles are strictly defined. 

In her creative process, Mwamba focuses on women’s identity in a place where social norms prevail and female roles are strictly defined. She wants her portrait paintings to be seen as a collective image of African women who have power, courage and wisdom to follow their own goals.

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Bebeto Ochieng, better known as Thufu-B is a master of lines. Graffiti circles have fondly dubbed him the “Lines man”. He is one of the founding members of BSQ crew, a street art group based in Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi.

Thufu-B is also part of the growing collective of East African street artists using graffiti artwork to foster peace, tolerance, and social cohesion.

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Papa’s photography explores the boundary between art and documentary. His art practice aims to peel off the layers of the viewers’ preconceptions that often camouflage his subjects, so that he can document them in their unabridged form.

He aims to build an intimate relationship with his subjects - capturing his subjects’ integrity through the lens, that inner beauty which is a fusion of their dignity and vulnerability. 

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Sparrow is a Ugandan street artist, photographer, beat maker, hip hop teacher and dancer. He uses the art form of graffiti to promote change and unify voices, as well as creating beautiful spaces for the community. 

A community builder and artivist, Sparrow joins a collective of young East African artists pushing the boundaries and calling for change.

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Sanaa Ink. This is an Adelaide Fringe Event 

Artwork Hero image top: Mwamba Chikwemba, Zambia, Image above: Thufu Bebeto, Kenya

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.

The copying and reproduction of any transcripts within the Hawke Centre public program is strictly forbidden without prior arrangements.