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November 8-18th

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 8 Nov | 6.30pm-8.30pm

Artists for Human Rights and Action


The Visualising Human Rights Arts Showcase 2012

The Visualising Human Rights Arts Competition harnesses artistic expression and strategic partnerships to raise awareness, promote discussion and inspire action around some of the most challenging human rights issues of our times.

The competition also links artists with partner organisations and offers those organisations the opportunity to use selected entries in their advocacy, marketing and awareness raising campaigns. In so doing, these partnerships ‘activate’ the artwork by taking them out of the gallery and into the street.

This year artists were invited to interpret and explore the following articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) while reflecting on the issue of human trafficking:

  • Article 3 – Everyone has the right to life, liberty and personal security.

  • Article 4 – No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; Slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

This exhibition showcases over forty shortlisted submissions from four continents. It features a wide range of mediums including, paintings, etchings, stencils, photography, textiles, mixed media, animation and glass. Of particular interest are fifteen pieces which were produced as part of a Cambodian-based human rights education program offered through our international art partner, Sammaki Art Gallery and Studio Space.

The Visualising Human Rights Showcase will also preview works from the upcoming Falun Art exhibition The Art of Zhen Shan Ren. This international exhibit seeks to raise awareness and promote understanding around the meditative practice of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa). It also highlights the ongoing persecution of practitioners living in China. These works will be on display at Federation Square from 26 –30 November 2012.

Artists for Human Rights and Action

Artists for Human Rights and Action (AHRA) believes that in reflecting the lived experience, art and artists can inform, educate and inspire people in profoundly positive ways. Moreover, AHRA believes that contemporary artists have a responsibility to express, empower and advocate for those who are unable to realise their rights. For more information or to contact AHRA, please visit:



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Earlier Event: 19 October
Later Event: 22 November