Conversations at Stackwood: Peter Drew

 

Our first Conversation at #stackwood was almost too special to write about succinctly.

We had been planning to kick off the series in June, but serendipitously (and with a bit of help from Instagram) we were able to connect with Australian street artist Peter Drew and convince him to share a bit of his story with us.

Peter’s the artist behind the ‘Real Australians Say Welcome’ project and someone we’ve admired for a long time. He was in Perth as part of his latest work, adhering 1000 posters of Monga Khan, a new Aussie folk hero, to buildings around our capital cities.

The beauty of the Aussie posters is the gentle way in which they invite us to consider nationalism and identity. Without being overtly political, they capture your attention and cause you to think a bit deeper, even if just for a moment.  They are also seriously beautiful works of art. We’re so glad to have one on the side of our building, and two more just down the road!

With his gentle and generous storytelling, it felt a privilege to be in Peter’s company and to delve into his other projects, including some exceptional film-making. We dare you not to be moved by this one!

We are busy planning our next Conversation.  With limited numbers it offers a rare opportunity to really explore and discuss issues and to ask questions broadly without necessarily needing to get down to a finite answer.