The Yaniv Janson Project


Yaniv is not only passionate about creating art and education-related issues, but also inspiring disabled people to achieve their dreams. In doing so, Yaniv wants support staff, teachers, and community leaders to have raised expectations of what disabled people can achieve.

To accomplish this, Yaniv has partnered with a number of community groups, including Switched On, Imagine Better, and Disabled Persons Assembly. 

He has also partnered with some New Zealand businesses, notably CQ Hotel Wellington. CQ prides itself on welcoming guests with a range of access needs and promoting the work of people with disabilities. CQ hotel General Manager Olivier Lacoua gifts Yaniv’s books to VIPs visiting New Zealand as a tribute to New Zealand talent. 

Yaniv’s Work and the Sustainable Development Goals

Yaniv’s work aligns with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Adopted by the United Nations in 2015, world leaders have committed to 17 goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and end climate change. In Yaniv's own words:
"For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector and civil society. When it comes to humanity's voice, Art and Activism go hand in hand - it's called Art-ivism - and it concerns you and me." 

Goal One - No Poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Through his painting Rich, Middle Class and Poor, Yaniv represents in his words "everybody's lives" to raise awareness about the necessity to bridge gaps. Like for all other goals, it is through collaboration that we will overcome the challenge of this and other Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal Six - Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Access to clean water is a universal human right. Local communities must have the capacity to control their water quality, as it impact people and environments alike.

Goal Eight - Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Yaniv leads by example in creating his own work opportunities.

In Yaniv's words, "Disability is not an obstacle to active participation in economic growth - it is a different starting point."

Goal Eleven - Sustainable Cities and Communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

This is the starting point for Yaniv's exhibition "Please Do Not Touch" which is all about inclusive and accessible communities. Please Do Not Touch shows how the disability sector can contribute to the community as a whole, by facilitating sensory art experiences to all community members and addressing our core present and future challenges.

Goal Thirteen - Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact. 

Yaniv launched the Changing the World - One Painting at a Time campaign in 2010 painting about the ice cap melting and the sea level rising. He has been active in this field ever since, with the UNESCO APAH (Asia Pacific Art Hub) help to disseminate these ideas globally.

Goal Fourteen - Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Conservation has a vital role to play in supporting our fragile ecosystems.

The animation below shows how Yaniv's work relates to several of the goals.


The Human Rights Commission is also committed to ensuring that all New Zealanders know what the Global Goals are, and how they can help realise a freer, fairer, safer, and more just New Zealand. You can learn more about our work on the goals and each of the goals here.