“Protection” Celebrates Artists Fighting for Human Rights


For the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—a document founded as a result of the human rights violations brought on by World War I—30 women and non-binary artists across the globe have designed prints for the human rights we still fight for today. The prints are to be shown at the week long show Protection in Coals Drop Yard in Kings Cross, London. There is a wide array of artistic styles and mediums with human rights issues focusing on the trafficking of women and girls in several countries in Africa to the conditions homeless individuals are subjected to. The exhibition aims to not only show how art and activism tie together, but also influence viewers to take a stand against these violations.

For Further Reading

To find out more about Protection and the artists involved, visit Coals Drop Yard’s site.


Discussion Question

What human rights violation would you like to see depicted in one of the prints? What do you think is an issue that needs to be addressed?

Action Item

Create your own print highlighting any issue that you feel passionate about. Think of what you want to communicate and how you want people to feel when they see your print.

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