The recipients of Yoko Ono’s 2016 LennonOno Grant For Peace were presented the award in Reykjavik, Iceland on John Lennon’s birthday, Sunday October 9.
Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Katalin Ladik and Olafur Eliasson announced their chosen charities to receive grants.
Three of the recipients of the 2016 LennonOno Grant For Peace, announced by Yoko Ono earlier this year, travelled to Reykjavik, Iceland to be presented the award on John Lennon’s birthday – October 9.
(b. 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark)
Olafur Eliasson nominated Maternity Foundation, a Danish development organisation that works to save the lives of women and babies threatened by complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Under the motto: “No woman should die giving life,” Maternity Foundation has co-developed The Safe Delivery App, an innovative mobile health tool that teaches birth attendants across Africa and Southeast Asia to save the lives of mothers and babies in childbirth.
(b. 1954 in Bombay, India)
Anish Kapoor’s charity of choice, Helen Bamber Foundation, supports refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered extreme human cruelty including torture, religious or political persecution and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Hungarian poet, performance artist and actress
(b. 1942 in Novi Sad, Serbia)
Hungarian Interchurch Aid – Katalin Ladik’s chosen cause – is one of Hungary’s largest charity organisations and pays special attention both to support services that provide assistance to victims of intimate partner violence, child abuse and also to prevention, awareness raising and shaping attitudes in these issues.
Chinese artist and activist
(b. 1957 in Beijing, China)
Kayany Foundation, chosen by Ai Weiwei, was founded in late 2013 in response to the growing educational needs of school-aged Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. As a Lebanese registered NGO, Kayany builds non-formal schools and provides educational programs to disadvantaged Syrian youth in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
ABOUT THE LENNON-ONO GRANT FOR PEACE
Yoko Ono inaugurated the LennonOno Grant For Peace in 2002, and since 2007 has travelled to Iceland to lead ceremonies commemorating John Lennon on October 9, his birthday. On that day she illuminates IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, a vast tower of light, which is situated on the island of Videy. The tower is lit from that day until the day of Lennon’s death, December 8.
Yoko said of the four recipients; “I’m very proud to award the 2016 LennonOno Grant For Peace to the four incredible individuals named here. To have to label any of them with a description of what they do is both limiting and frustrating, because what they give to our world is so much bigger than even the tangible art they create. Born in different cultures, each of the recipients has shown us the true path of creativity, belief and hope for the world. Their huge contribution to our world is so much greater than the sum of its parts.
I am so proud to see such deserving recipients and causes chosen to receive this year’s grants. These people and organisations work tirelessly to try and improve our fragile world by fostering peace, education, health and aid to those most in need of it and should be given our love, attention and gratitude if we are truly devoted to peace and hope across the world.”
Previous recipients of the award have included Doctors Without Borders, Josh Fox, Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, The Centre for Constitutional Rights, Pussy Riot, Art Production Fund, and the late Rachel Corrie.
As ever, this year’s awards will be presented in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 9 (John Lennon’s birthday). Since 2007, Yoko has travelled to Iceland to lead ceremonies commemorating John Lennon’s birthday. On that day she illuminates IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, a vast tower of light, which is situated on the island of Videy. The tower is lit from that day until the day of Lennon’s death, December 8.