Sadly, all many people get to know about the 100 Australians reported missing every day are their vital statistics.
We wanted to give families the chance to share more about them in an effort to engage the public and reignite the search. In 2016, nine families were paired with acclaimed authors and artists who generously donated their time and talent to write short stories about and create original artworks for their missing loved ones. Excerpts from the stories were incorporated into the artworks and installed in the locations where they were last seen.
In 2017, based on the response, the full stories (along with the artworks) were published in a beautifully designed hardcover book that was stocked in a number of renowned bookstores across Australia. Grab yourself a copy here, so that we can continue to humanise missing people and continue their unfinished stories.
With tremendous support and encouragement from the families, authors and artists involved, the second phase of the project launched in 2017. Writers interviewed families and created 100-word micro-stories that captured the essence of the missing loved one. Once approved, they were then shared with artists who designed, painted and installed artworks (murals, sketches, digital illustrations) across the country.
Unmissable Coffee Cups
The next phase of this initiative was a modern take on the old milk carton campaigns; coffee cups.
Across 2018-2019, we stocked some of the most popular cafes and venues like the MCG with our biodegradable cups to help us bring this issue into the mainstream.
The cups featured the Unmissable artworks of Owen Redman, Nicola Sallese, Bung Siriboon, Naz Woldemicheal, Nick Veljanovski, Warren Meyer, Sevak Simonian, Terry Lloyd, Leisl Smith, Tej Chitnis, Lorrin Whitehead, Paul Rushworth, Marty Tann and Rigby Fielding.
Get in touch if you’d like to stock some at your business.
The Unmissables documentary series
In 2019, we worked with director Madeleine Martinello and production company Film Camp to create an ABC Art Bites series capturing the process of making long term missing Australians ‘unmissable’. The journey follows three families — paired with a muralist, a sculptor and a singer/songwriter, respectively — as their loved one’s essence is depicted artistically.
Watch The Unmissables on iView here.