"Imagine a street artist who draws reasonable portraits and who gathers a crowd to watch him sketch… then ship this artist into a refugee camp in Somalia and ask him to draw the people he sees, doing things that will help them save their children’s lives. Crowds gather round and the artist’s skill suddenly becomes as important as medicine." George McBean.
The Oxford Human Rights Festival has become one of the most important events of the year at Oxford Brookes University. For the 13th year OHRF will bring together people of different backgrounds to participate in a culture packed festival that engages with a constant issue from across the globe. Through this selection of film, graphic design, poetry and talks, we aim to raise awareness of a range of human rights issues here in the UK and across the world. Download the full programme here.
The themes of the festival are refugees, women's rights and politics & revolution. The centrepiece of this year's festival is The Insurgent Artist exhibition in The Glass Tank. This is a retrospective of the work of George McBean, former Head of Graphics for UNICEF. A highlight of the festival is sure to be his talk and Q&A on his life and work on Wednesday 18th February. To reserve your ticket email Joanna Walker, Curator of The Glass Tank.
This year's festival is all taking place here at Oxford Brookes University and is free and open to all. Apart from the George McBean workshop and private view / Q&A there is no need to book, just turn up and join the debate.
Thank you to all who attended the 2015 festival. We would love to hear your thoughts about it, even if you didn't attend. Please get in touch here.
George McBean, The Insurgent Artist, exhibition is now open in the Glass Tank, Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University and will run until 28th February 2015.
You can download the programme for the exhibition and also get a fascinating insight into George's life and work by listening to his commentary on the exhibition.
The full programme of events can be printed by clicking here or on the poster. All events take place at Oxford Brookes University and are free and open to everyone. No need to book, just come along. We look forward to seeing you there.
We are pleased to be working with New Internationalist on this year's festival. New Internationalist gives readers real insight into today’s most challenging political, social and environmental issues. With a sharp focus on human rights, global issues and progressive ideas, it tackle subjects often ignored or sidestepped by mainstream media. And with a global network of over 200 writers, bloggers and activists, New Internationalist acts to bring marginalized voices to the centre of the debate.