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Please Do Touch

Yaniv Janson

10 January 2020 - 10 February 2020

Yaniv Janson’s interest is in finding novel ways to raise awareness around global warming and this has been an integral part of his artistic endeavour. The Please Do Touch installation explores United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as climate change, water quality, oceanic ecological systems, poverty and sustainable cities.

This body of art was launched in 2017 in Paris supported by Creative New Zealand. In 2018 it traveled to New York at the invitation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs grant to represent New Zealand at the Conference of State Parties where it was opening by Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Disabilities  and Craig Hawke, NZ Ambassador to the UN. This installation will be exhibited for the first time in New Zealand at the ArtsPost Gallery. Earlier this year, Yaniv was awarded the Artistic Achievement Award 2019 at the NZ Parliament.

“During my research for this project, I became alarmed at the gap between knowledge and action. Scientists and artists can weave alternative communication channels to spread the message of climate action working on different yet complementary - rational and emotional - types of awareness to tackle this challenge”. 

Yaniv partnered with the Te Uku Primary school near Raglan for an educational project which combined raising awareness of environmental and social sustainability amongst students and eliciting actions. “My audience tells me they connect emotionally to my work. My paintings ask them to visualise social, environmental and climatic challenges. Reaching through pre-conscious channels can complement scientists’ messages. For instance, I am interested in combining art and science to quantify the impact of the ‘smallest individual actions’.”

Yaniv was awarded the Artistic Achievement Award 2019 ( in Parliament by Creative New Zealand funded Arts Access Aotearoa. The judging panel included Stephen Wainwright (Chief Executive, Creative New Zealand). The panel feedback was: “Yaniv Janson has achieved critical acclaim, both here and internationally – in particular, representing New Zealand at the UN Headquarters in New York with his exhibition Please Do Touch.

Through his art and activism, this talented young artist is building bridges across communities, and engaging people in social and environmental issues. Yaniv’s commitment, achievements, vision and innovation are outstanding”.


You are warmly invited to the opening of Yaniv's exhibition on the 9th of January, 5:30pm at ArtsPost 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton.  


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