Please Do Touch Project

The Please Do Touch series of installations make a connection between art, social and environmental topics and disability. The installations are part of the Taking Action! project that Yaniv Janson launched 5 years ago.

The installations focus on high priority themes which address the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yaniv is working on creating new art for this exhibition and plans to travel in New Zealand to consult with the disability community and so be able to integrate their ideas into his work. This would make this project the first collective one of its kind. 

Art can facilitate the complex understanding between humankind and its environment through alternative languages involving all our senses. Please Do Touch installations make use of visual, body, oral and kinetic languages to speak to the variety of human experiences - to collaborate and work on humanity’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“Working towards crucial environmental goals allows Yaniv to give back to his community by proving that disability is not a barrier to achieving and sharing a social message with others” – Bernadette Grosyeux, Presidente, Eg’Art, Paris, France

"Janson’s animation on the website of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission [] and his books featuring art, social change and education illustrate the concepts inspiring his work with international organisations such as the UNESCO and Apple".

Proposed Installations: The Please Do Touch exhibition advocates for increased access to the arts for people with a disability. Conversely, this series of installations shows how the disability sector can contribute to the community as a whole, by facilitating sensory art experiences to all community members whilst addressing our core present and future challenges. The purpose of inviting the audience to interact with the art by touching and listening to it is to engage with the topic on as many levels as possible. The installations unpack the following 5 Sustainable Development Goals. The installations will travel to Montenegro in October 2017 and later to the UNESCO in Paris. Creative New Zealand is gratefully acknowledged for the grant received for this project.  

Sample image for the works done for Goal 14 - Life Below Water, and the vital role that conservation plays in supporting our fragile ecosystems.


July Exhibitions!! See Calendar for more details

the yaniv janson project from the human rights commission

The Human Rights Commission launched the Yaniv Janson Project ( It will publish one article per month about my work on its website and via its social media. To be followed!

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rich and middle class and poor collection

Yaniv conceptualised painting this series of works in 2011 when he began thinking about everyone's lives in the context of their socioeconomic status. He wanted to show the difference between the rich, middle class and poor by painting how they lived and how they felt about this.

This collection of paintings show how rich people have more of everything. They have more details and show the many options that the rich have - in the views they look at, the colours they use in their own homes etcetera. The poor are depicted to live in houses that are black, with no windows and no views. Their choices, future and happiness seem bleak. Meanwhile, the middle class sit squarely between the rich and the poor - having less choice than the rich but more options than the poor.

Here is a selection of images from this collection which is currently in progress.


Yaniv travels to schools and organisations to raise expectations around the contributions that can be made by people with disabilities. He knows from first hand experience that families and carers just need to meet people who have demonstrably achieved their dreams - to be inspired by the energy and happiness derived from meaningful engagement.

The project focuses on discussions that are constructive and provides inspirational dialogues on what can be done immediately, with resources at hand to engage disabled people and to tap into their deep desire to participate and contribute. The outcomes of these engagements inspire people to take action and create change in their organisations and families. 

By meeting with New Zealand art educators, community builders, families and support staff, Yaniv is furthering his mission - to encourage every disabled person to find and follow their own unique passions. Click on the title to navigate to the Taking Action Project website for more information.