Some picture-esque events in Aberdeen

Amnesty is going all arty in Aberdeen this month.

First up is the We Are All Born Free exhibition, part of Amnesty’s celebrations of the recent 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR was signed on 10th December 1948, in the aftermath of a two horrific world wars, to declare and protect the rights of all the world’s people.

We Are All Born Free takes its title from the ringing opening article of the Declaration and celebrates the declaration through the work of acclaimed artists and illustrators such as John Burningham, Korky Paul, Polly Dunbar, Satoshi Kitamura, Jane Ray and Axel Scheffler. Each artist offers a personal interpretation of one of the 30 Articles of the UDHR, making them easy to understand and with young people and their families particularly in mind.

We Are All Born Free will feature at the Left Bank Gallery in Tarland during May. The original book has has been a global success – and you can buy it here

Then there is Heroes and Heroines, Amnesty’s exhibition celebrating twelve remarkable individuals from around the world. Each has dared to speak out against human rights abuses in the face of repression and they are presented as an inspiration to us all. Each panel features a picture of the hero/heroine in question, a short biography and a piece of their writing.

Heroes and Heroines will feature in the John Lewis store in Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Centre from 4th May to 29th May.

Finally for the first time Amnesty will take part in the Word Festival in Aberdeen with two “Persecuted Writers” events. Many writers in the world risk their homes, their lives and their freedom, facing persecution for their thoughts and words. Writers appearing as part of the Aberdeen Word Festival will show solidarity with persecuted writers by reading out some of their work.

The Persecuted Writers events will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May as part of the Word Festival.

See you there.

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