exhibition grew out of a unique art competition in which both amateur
and professional painters were asked to depict their visions of
life in their countries in the year 2000. The results, far from
being inward looking and parochial, provide us with a splendid example
of how the universal language of art can cross boundaries and barriers,
bringing nations together to promote greater understanding among
peoples and cultures.
appeal of the competition lies in its accessibility. In many countries,
the project united people from all walks of life: art authorities,
government officials, the private sector and the news media. In
some, grants and the provision of art materials ensured that anyone
who wished to enter could do so.
strength of the exhibition lies in its extraordinary diversity of
imagery, styles, and subject matter. The multiple challenges faced
by the international community are mirrored in the themes chosen
by the artists. Some paintings depict concern for the plight of
children living in poverty; others focus on the degradation of the
global environment; and still others celebrate diversity and multiculturalism.
All evince a common desire to make the world a better place – an
aim shared by the United Nations.
would like to thank the organisers, Winsor & Newton and Sheeran
Lock, for their vision, as well as their generosity in donating
proceeds to UNICEF. Art can be a powerful influence for positive
change and voice for those who otherwise might not be heard. Let
us hope that further arts initiatives will grow from the seeds sown
by this truly global and exceptionally imaginative venture.