Davson and celebrity action ...
as she initiates Hands Up ...


Davson with singing legend Neil Diamond

Davson with singing legend Neil Diamond

celebrities helping our Earth

Sharon Davson initiated the Hands Up project to assist endangered species awareness. She invited international singing legend Neil Diamond to launch the Hands Up project with her.

The launch was conducted as a national press event at the Regent Hotel in Sydney on 14 April 1992.

Since then, hundreds of charities across the world have copied Davson's idea for a diverse range of causes.

Davson has personally painted the hands of over 400 world leaders in their fields and other celebrity dignitaries, keen to give their support to her creative endeavours helping our Earth. This activity involves a very simple form of art, with participants providing an autographed handprint using colourful paints.

The impressive list of celebrity participants includes:
Paul Newman, James Belushi, Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Nigel Mansell, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Sam Neil, Dame Joan Sutherland, Bon Jovi and the late Sir Edmund Hillary.

Photographs from events where Davson assisted the creation of handprints by these fabulous people and other memorabilia, including some original autographed handprints, now form part of the Davson Arts Museum collection.

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with Mario Andretti

Davson with Mario Andretti

highlighting those celebrity leaders who have participated from many countries, including the USA.
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Australia - Sport and Australia - Art
highlighting those celebrity leaders who have participated from Sharon's own country, Australia.
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Original, autographed handprints by some of these fabulous people, photographs from the events when they created their handprints with Sharon and other memorabilia, now form part of the Davson Arts Museum collection.

It is a great compliment to Sharon Davson, and the power of this initiative, just how many people from many countries have participated with her, and perhaps an even greater compliment, the number that have copied her concept to help a large variety of causes over the years.

Many of these were stimulated by Sharon’s activities in the USA, Germany, South Africa and other places.

During the 1990’s, Davson conducted Hands-up activities through the charity Artists For Life which she founded in 1990 to assist endangered species awareness.

Then in the early 2000’s, through the second charity she founded, 48 Hours Toward World Peace.

Now, Davson periodically continues the activity through the Davson Arts Museum or in conjunction with her other activities.

Internationally and in Australia, as well as prominent celebrities, thousands of adults and children have participated with Sharon and donated their handprints, as their personal visual commitment to greater caring and respect for all Earth’s inhabits.

when, who and where ...

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1992 ~ 30 April
Australian entertainers James Blundell, Ray Martin and Geoff Harvey, backstage of the Midday Show set at the Channel 9 television studios in Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 15 May
American film star and acclaimed jazz vocalist, Eartha Kitt, in a café in Kings Cross, Sydney, NSW. Eartha Kitt later appeared on Ray Martin's Miday Show in a live television segment arranged by Davson for Artists For Life to create awareness for endangered species.

1992 ~ 27 June
American singer - songwriter, John Denver, after his concert in Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 7 July
British singer - songwriter Kim Wilde, in the Regent Hotel, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 12 July
Australian film and stage actors Sophie Lee, Melissa Tkautz, Toni Pearen, Scott McRae, Kristen Marlow, Benjamin Mitchell and pop band Girlfriend (Melanie Alexander, Siobhann Heindenreich, Jackie Cowell, Robyn Loau and Lorinsa Noble), at the Wonderland theme park, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 13 August
Australian singer Kamahl AO, at his home in Turramurra, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 13 August
American motivational speaker W Mitchell, in the Hyatt Hotel Kings Cross, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 3 September
Australians Internationally acclaimed Film Director and Producer Baz Luhrmann, awarded film and stage costume designer Catherine Martin, and film set designer set designer Bill Marron , in the Vogue Head Office, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 21 September
Australian World Number 1 tennis player John Newcombe, in his North Sydney office, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 21 September
Australian environmentalist John Dengate , at an Artists For Life Sydney Branch exhibition for endangered species awareness in the Platypus Gallery at a Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 22 September
Australian tennis great Tony Roche, at his home in Turramurra, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 10 October
Australian television news presenter Richard Morecroft, at an Artists For Life Sydney Branch exhibition for endangered species awareness in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, Ku-ring-gai National Park, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 6 November
New Zealand Mt Everest mountaineering legend Sir Edmund Hillary, with inspirational Australians Tim Macartney-Snape, Fred Hollows and Dick Smith, in the foyer of the Seymour Centre Theatre, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 8 November
Australian comedian Jeanne Little, in her home in Paddington, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 9 November
Australian jazz singer Kerrie Biddell, in her home in Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 9 November
Australian entertainers Jack Deagenkemp and Peter Moon, on the Tonight Live set at Channel 7 television studios in Melbourne, VIC.

1992 ~ 10 November
Australian entertainment industry leader Steve Vizard AO, on the Tonight Live set at Channel 7 television studios in Melbourne, VIC.

1992 ~ 15 November
Australian environmental musician Ken Davis, after an Artists For Life Sydney Branch concert for endangered species awareness in the Pact Theatre, Enmore, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 2 December
Australian television presenter Geraldine Doogue, in Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 28 December
American international star of 90210 television series Luke Perry, at the Channel 10 Television Studios, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW.

1992 ~ 30 December
Australian World Cup rugby union hero David Campese, in Sydney, NSW.


1993 ~ 5 January
International cricketing greats Richie Benaud, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, David Gower, Tony Greig, Michael Holding and Bill Lawry in the Commentary Box at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 26 January
Australian internationally performing singer - songwriter Renee Geyer, in a Sydney apartment.

1993 ~ 30 January
Australian arts industry leaders Win Davson MBE FTCL, Stephen Kelen and Sylvia Kelen. in the Artists For Life endangered species gallery and offices, York Street, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 3 March
Australian film and theatre stars Tom Burlinson and Georgie Parker backstage in the Footbridge Theatre, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 15 April
Australians nationally performing rock bands Rat Cat and Sound Unlimited, in Graham Ramsay’s photography studio, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 9 May
Irish internationally performing rock group Hot House Flowers , in the State Theatre, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 29 May
Americans internationally acclaimed:- film and television star James Garner, actor and singer Jim Nabors and . . at a private party at the Indianapolis Speedway, Indianapolis, USA.

1993 ~ 30 May
Americans vocals and guitar with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Stephen Stills and internationally acclaimed actor and singer Florence Henderson on the day of the Indy 500 race in the Newman Haas Racing team private box at the Indianapolis Speedway, Indianapolis, USA.

1993 ~ 3 August
Australian acclaimed opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland AO, in the David Jones Store, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 11 August
New Zealand internationally acclaimed singer Tim Finn, in an apartment in Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 12 August
Australians film, television and stage actors and allied industry professionals John Adam, Craig Beamer, Andrew Blackman, Tristan Bancks, Rebekah Elmaloglou, Eli Faen, Eden Gaha, Gavin Harrison and Laura Vazquez at the Coca-Cola launch function for their Always campaign, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 26 August
Australian grand matriarch of Australian film, television and theatre Colleen Clifford, at the Artists For Life luncheon, Inter.Continental Hotel, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 6 September
Canadian super model Linda Evangelista and American star of the television series Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, at the Sydney International Airport, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 14 September
American film actor and star of television series’ LA Law Harry Hamlin, and New Zealander film and stage actor and star of the television series GP Judy McIntosh in Adelaide, SA.

1993 ~ 21 September
Australian leaders Tim Macartney-Snape, and the Honourable Chris Hartcher MP, in the public city square of Martin Place, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 25 September
Australian 1993 Wallaby Team for the Rugby Tour to France
David Campese, Scott Bowen, Michael Brial, Matthew Burke, Mark Catchpole, Ryan Constable, Greg Craig, Anthony Daly, Tim Gavin, Mark Hartill, Brian Hopley, Pat Howard, Tim Kava, Phil Kearns, Barry Lea, Bob Lewplet, Jason Little, Rod Mccall, Ewen Mckenzie, Garrick Morgan, Alistair Murdoch, David Nucifora, Cameron Osborne, Marty Roebuck, Peter Slattery, Illie Tabua, Warwick Waugh, David Wilson, Bob Dwyer, and John Breen, in Park Royal Hotel, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ October
Australians, internationally renowned musician with the band INXS, Tim Farriss and acclaimed rock singer Marcia Hines , in the Hard Rock Cafe, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ October
Australian internationally acclaimed rock singer Diesel (Mark Lizotte), in a radio station in Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 13 October
International surfing champions Layne Beachley, Tom Carroll, Bernard Farrelly, Pauline Menczer, Simon Anderson, Wayne Bartholomew, Pam Burridge, Damien Hardman, Shane Herring, Jodi Holmes, Richard Marsh, Shane Powell, Shaun Thomson and Mark Warren, as well as Australian model Yaeson Fletcher, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 9 November
Australian cricketing great Ian Chappell , on the Sydney wharf for the Bounty sailing ship. This event was televised with 4 live grabs 7, 7.30, 8 and 8.30am for the Today Show as part of an Artists For Life endangered species event that also included a possum from Taronga Zoo, and at least 30 school children participating on the Bounty and in Hands Up activities.

1993 ~ 10 November
Australians film, television and stage actors Peter Adams, Christine Amor, Ray Barrett, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Genevieve Lemon and Miranda Otto in the Sydney Opera House Theatre, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 23 November
New Zealander internationally acclaimed actor Sam Neill and Australians film and stage actors Eric Bana, Lorraine Bayly, Ryan Clark, Dominic Elmaloglou, Melissa George, Steven Jacobs, Garry McDonald, Julie McGregor, Romy Meerkin, Judy Nunn, Bruce Roberts, Denise Roberts, Bruce Samazan and Noah Taylor, and television and radio presenters George Negus, Don Burke, Dr Harry Cooper, Trisha Goddard, Clive Hale, Melissa Hannan and Peter Luck at the People’s Choice Awards Dinner, Regent Hotel, Sydney, NSW.

1993 ~ 27 November
Australian film and stage actor Kimberly Davies, musicians and entertainers John Farnham, Kim Wilde, Jon Stevens, Sonia Dada, Andrew Strong, Mahalia Barnes, Nathan Cavaleri, Jeremy Jordan, Nick Barker, Matt Heydon, Michael Scott, The Bad Loves, The Sharp and the Tjapukai Dance Theatre at the Australian Music Awards at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, QLD.

1994 - 1996

1994 ~ 30 January
Australian nationally performing singer Angry Anderson for Creek Day at Blackmores Head Office and factory, Sydney, NSW.

1994 ~ 1 June
Australians internationally acclaimed actors Rachael Ward, Josephine Byrnes, Chris Betts and Paula Duncan ; internationally acclaimed script writer of films and plays David Williamson, acclaimed opera singer Jennifer McGregor, wife of former Prime Minister, Lady Sonia McMahon and television and radio presenters Kerri-Anne Kennerly and Derryn Hinch at the Odyssey House Benefit Dinner, Regent Hotel, Sydney, NSW.

1994 ~ 28 June
Australian MO Award recipient, musician Bobby Gebert at an Artists For Life charity function for endangered species awareness in the Hard Rock Cafe, Sydney, NSW.

1995 ~ 19 May
American internationally acclaimed film star James Belushi, Australians film, television and stage actors Andrew Williams, Isla Fisher, Paul Mercurio, Kimberley Joseph and Ingo Rademacher at the Galaxy launch, Sydney, NSW.

1995 ~ 3 November
Australian internationally performing singer, entertainer and artist Rolf Harris AM OBE in the York Apartments, Sydney, NSW.

1995 ~ 15 December
American internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and composer Neil Sedaka in the Hilton Hotel, Sydney, NSW.

1996 - 1999
2000 onwards

2000 ~ September
Australian internationally performing singer Toni Lamond in her Darling Point apartment, Sydney, NSW.

2000 ~ 22 October
Australian internationally performing singer Helen Reddy in a Darling Point apartment, Sydney, NSW.

2000 ~ 8 November
American singer, songwriter and musician, the voice of Dr. Hook, Dennis Locorriere in Club Nova, Newcastle, NSW.

2000 ~ 16 August
Australian singer, songwriter and musician Slim Dusty AM OBE in the Mayfield Ex-Services Club, Newcastle, NSW.

2000 ~ October
African international singer and dancer with Afro Moses Moses O’Jah in the ABC Radio station, Newcastle, NSW.

2003 ~ 13 February
British world acclaimed singer Sir Cliff Richard OBE, at the Australian Institute of Sport arena in Canberra. He also became a Patron of Davson's creative and charitable endeavours towards world peace and environmental initiatives, including the Davson ~ World Leaders art exhibition series and Davson’s 48 Hours To World Peace charity.

2003 ~ 5 April
surfing world champions Americans Kelly Slater and Lisa Andersen and Australian Layne Beachley, at Noah’s On The Beach Hotel in Newcastle, NSW, during the Surfest carnival.

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