​Gerringong Red Cross plays host to George Gittoes

George and Hellen in traditional Afghan dress, with the Red Cross team.
George and Hellen in traditional Afghan dress, with the Red Cross team.

Red Cross Gerringong was fortunate to host a talk by George Gittoes, assisted by his partner Hellen Rose recently.

By all reports, it was an inspiring evening, enjoyed by more than 60 people.

Gerringong resident, artist, filmmaker and Sydney Peace Prize winner, Gittoes, uses his art and filmmaking in his role as a humanitarian activist.

As a child he staged puppet shows in his backyard. One weekend, with an audience of 300, his father passed around a hat to raise money for Red Cross. This was the beginning of his interest in Red Cross and his activism for the effects of injustice and conflict throughout the world.

In the 1970s George was one of a group of artists to set up The Yellow House, an artists' collective, in Potts Point.

In 2011 he set up a second Yellow House, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a safe space for artists to work and meet. 

He continues his art for humanity work to this day.