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William Kelly: Towards the Big Picture

William Kelly’s work explores issues of human rights, social justice, violence against women and children, and peace. The exhibition includes works such as 'The Prison of History or the Poetry of Possibilities', which was the precursor to the monumental work that features in the film ‘Can Art Stop a Bullet? William Kelly’s Big Picture’. 

From intimate to wall-sized works, this exhibition reflects Kelly’s commitment to drawing and his political concerns over the past four decades. 

‘William Kelly: Towards the Big Picture’ is presented in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2022. 


William Kelly is represented by Charles Nodrum Gallery.

Image: William Kelly. Love Song for the Millennium, 1997-1999. Charcoal, pastel, watercolour, and pencil on paper. 30 x 61 cm. Courtesy the artist

Suitable for

This exhibition is suitable for all audiences.


Counihan Gallery
Phone: 03 9389 8622

Further information

You can watch William Kelly's film 'Can art stop a bullet?' on this Vimeo page.

For more information, you can download the Roomsheet: Toward the Big Picture (DOC 55Kb). Roomsheets are exhibition documents that include information such as exhibition statements, artist websites, artwork details and artwork prices. Alternatively, you can visit the Charles Nodrum Gallery website

For exhibition updates you can follow the Counihan Gallery Instagram page. You can also go to the Counihan Gallery Facebook page.

This exhibition is in the New Gallery.