National Missing Persons Week 2019

National Missing Persons Week (NMPW) is an invaluable opportunity for families to share their stories, generate awareness, and hopefully get closer to resolution.

The following events, productions and campaigns we’ve planned and/or been involved with aim to capture the attention, imagination and empathy of Australians across the country.

Unmissable Cups

Unmissable cups in a pyramid

Based on the success of our 2018 pilot (video below), we’re distributing 100,000 compostable coffee cups into cafes across Australia for NMPW: 4-10 August 2019.

This year’s series will feature the artworks and stories of Leisl, Lorrin, Marty, Paul, Rigby, Sevak, Tej and Terry.

Broadsheet are helping us promote the campaign, we’ll have a pop up cafe in Martin Place and we’ve got the MCG helping us launch at Round 20 of the AFL with 20,000 cups and all screens showing our ads.

Huge thanks to participating cafes: Ascot Food Store, Aucuba, Bar Carlo, Bentwood, Cafe Elixir, Cento Mani, Club Colombia, Clubhouse, Darling Street, Darriwill FarmDimattina, Feast of Merit, Hard Pressed, Hey PorterLumberjack, My Other Brother, North CodePane Di MatteoPepper, Piccolo Me, Pillar of Salt, RRIOT House, Smoke & Soda, Stanley, Stomp, Tempting Choice, TouchwoodTwo SugarsVacation, Where’s Your Aunty, Winter Malvern, Young Bloods, 30Kerr65 and 63 Degrees.

Missing Persons Week wrap-up

A few years ago, I was walking down Brunswick Street and saw that a donut chain was supporting a well-known mental health charity with campaign materials proudly festooned across the store and window displays. Naturally, I dreamt that one day there’d be equivalently striking demonstrations for National Missing Persons Week in popular businesses like cafes. Although it wasn’t as widespread (and it was an absolute logistical nightmare behind the scenes…), we are as elated as we are exhausted at the wrap of #NMPW2018! The hype was unprecedented and it was incredible to watch Melbourne embrace this cause with such palpable pride and vigour. Thank you to everyone who appreciates what our charity is trying to achieve, especially the phenomenal volunteers that helped us navigate such an ambitious project 🙌🏼💕#TheUnmissables

Posted by Missing Persons Advocacy Network – MPAN on Sunday, August 12, 2018

Documentary seriesJess Ribeiro on the beach

A new Australian short documentary series, The Unmissables, sees three artists confront the challenge of creating a work of public portraiture of a subject they cannot meet. These works will help reignite the search for those who have disappeared.

Produced by Film Camp and directed by Madeleine Martiniello as part of the ABC Art Bites Initiative, The Unmissables, a 6 x 8 min series, will premiere on ABC iView on Saturday 27 July 2019 just in time for NMPW.

Over the course of six unfolding episodes, funded by Screen Australia, Film Victoria and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the family and friends of three long-term missing Australians are each paired with an artist to share their stories and help facilitate the development of three separate works of public portraiture.

Adelaide-based contemporary artist Joel Moore (aka Vans the Omega), and Melbournians singer-songwriter Jess Ribeiro and sculptor Pimpisa Tinpalit each bring a distinct and individual approach to imagining their absent subjects: South Australian Ryan Chambers, Victorian Atilla Bogar and New South Wales woman Elaine Johnson. Whilst the story weaves the personal narrative of the missing persons throughout, the series focuses on the artistic process, interrogating the nature of collaborative art-making, grief and hope.

Watch the full series on ABC iView: The Unmissables

Missing You Tour

Promise tour dates

Brother of Nazrawi Samson (missing from Hobart since 2016), hip-hop artist Promise released Missing You in 2018.

An incredibly powerful representation of the journey of not knowing where your loved one is, we were very humbled to play a minor role in its release.

In response to the success of Missing You, as well as his first solo album, Promise toured Hobart, Sydney and Melbourne in July 2019 in the lead up to NMPW.

For more on Promise, check out his website and watch the music video below.