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In December 2014, Mr Ric Wells was appointed as Australia's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, demonstrating the Government's commitment to coordinated and effective regional and international diplomacy. Mr Wells replaced Australia’s former Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr Paul Grigson, who served in the role from 2013-2014.
The DAP has supported artwork by ArtLords, a group of local artists in Kabul who specialise in painting murals on walls around Kabul. As well as improving the aesthetics of Kabul, ArtLords also employ the subtle power of art to stimulate discussion around pressing social issues and taboos.
ArtLords produced two artworks. The first mural (above) highlights the strong Australian-Afghan relations which date back to the mid 1800’s, when Afghan cameleers helped explore Australia’s red centre. It depicts the Ghan train that is named in honour of these early Afghan explorers. The mural is in central Kabul on one of the busiest streets in the city and has wide public exposure.
The second mural will be painted outside the Australian Embassy and will highlight to visitors Australia’s support to local Afghan artists.