The Oxford Human Rights Festival has become one of the most important events of the year at Oxford Brookes University. For the 13th year in a row 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 our selection of movies, art pieces, poetry and talks, we aim to raise awareness of a range of human rights issues here in the UK and across the world. The themes of the festival are graphics for development, refugees, women's rights and politics & revolution.
"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.
George McBean is an animator and illustrator, born in Scotland in 1948. He retired as Head of UNICEF’s Graphic’s section dealing with Animation for Children’s Rights and continued working on occasional assignments in East Africa. His research into Visual Literacy among rural populations in Nepal has been highlighted in the New Internationalist and was described in the book 'People Pictures and Power’, Bob Linney 1991 - Macmillan-Talc as “the most important visual literacy study ever done”. He was key to forming one of UNICEF's most successful partnerships with more than 100 animation studios worldwide, including Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros, Dreamworks, Hanna Barbera, Cartoon Network. His designs and animated film productions have been distributed world-wide by the United Nations. He has given talks on his work at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the Animation Workshop in Viborg Denmark.
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.
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 film programme has now been announced. 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.