Geneva and Valladolid, 13 November 2018 – The international drawing competition “Kids for Human Rights”, which closed on 31 October, has generated more than 17,000 entries from children around the world, from 71 countries to be precise ranging from Angola to Zimbabwe.
An international jury of imminent persons will now have the daunting task of selecting the top three winners in three categories. Presided by internationally known Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón, the jury will also include Hani Abbas, a Syrian-Palestinian cartoonist who won the 2014 Editorial Cartoon International Prize awarded by Cartooning for Peace, Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Susanna Griso, Spanish journalist and television presenter (Espejo Público Antena 3 TV), Tomas Paredes, President of the Spanish chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, and Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Youth.
Organized by the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, the Gabarron Foundation and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the contest urged young people aged 10 to 14 to celebrate human rights and take action to defend and promote them as the world this year celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Human Rights Universal Declaration.
Children were asked to draw or paint pictures in three categories, the first showing the human right they felt most strongly about defending, the second one showing a human rights defender they admired, or the third, showing how they could personally defend or promote human rights.
The winners of the international contest will be announced on 10 December, Human Rights Day.
The winning artwork will become part of the art collection of one of the first museums in the world dedicated to children’s art, set up by the Gabarron Foundation. Headquartered in Valladolid, Spain, the Queen Sofia Children’s Art Museum houses a collection of some 50,000 artworks produced by children all over the world. A branch will soon open in Shanghai, China, in 2019.
Artist Cristóbal Gabarrón is known for his work with the United Nations. Among other projects, in 2015 his “Enlightened Universe” sculpture, which he created for the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, was inaugurated in New York’s Central Park. It has since been exhibited in Geneva and Amsterdam, and is currently displayed in Brussels until November 20 2018.
Full information on the contest can be found on the website http://kids4humanrights.org/
Follow the contest on social media using the hashtag: #kids4humanrights
Rhéal LeBlanc, United Nations Information Service Geneva
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Laurent Sauveur, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
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Marta Vaquero, Gabarron Foundation
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The competition proposes three possible themes to inspire you. Choose a theme (or all of them), and start drawing… you can submit as many pictures as you like.
Theme 1: Paint or draw a picture about a human right you feel strongly must be defended.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains 30 Articles. Choose one of these Articles and illustrate it in your own creative way.
Theme 2: Paint or draw a picture of someone you admire for their efforts in defending or promoting human rights.
Many people are well known for their actions in defending a just cause, bringing changes to the laws of a country or improving civil and human rights. These include Martin Luther King, who fought for Black Americans’ civil rights, Nelson Mandela, the first black President to lead South Africa after the end of apartheid; Malala, the young girl from Pakistan who survived an assassination as she tried to defend girls’ right to go to school; Martin Ennals, a former Secretary-General of Amnesty International and human rights defender; or Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer who became the first woman judge in Iran and who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her work defending the rights of women and children. And many, many others. Tell us which human right defender you admire most.
Theme 3: Paint or draw a picture showing how you can defend or promote human rights.
There are many ways and simple actions a person can take to defend human rights: showing your intolerance towards actions that have an impact on other people’s dignity or rights, showing your disagreement with actions that go against the respect of human rights, participating in a march to defend a cause or signing a petition, disagreeing with your brother or sister when they express intolerant views or say bad things about other people because they are part of a minority or perceived to have fewer rights than others… Every day there are still too many times when speech or actions hurt other people for their beliefs or because of who they are… you can stand up for someone’s rights.
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Submitting your drawing
First send an image of your drawing. You can upload to the website or you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the release form indicating your name, age, address.
If you are selected among the finalists, you will be invited to send your original drawing by post to the Gabarron Foundation.
Deadline for submitting your drawing: October 31, 2018
For each category, the jury will designate a first-, second- and third-prize winner. Special awards of merit may be given at the jury’s discretion.
All drawings selected in the final stages of the competition will become part of the collection of the Gabarron Foundation’s Queen Sofia Children’s Art Museum, one of the world’s first museum dedicated to art produced by children. Located in Valladolid, Spain, with a branch opening in Shanghai, China, in 2019.
The top winning drawing will be displayed at the museum and at other locations (to be decided).
*Please note that drawings will not be returned and become the property of The Gabarron Foundation.
The Gabarrón Foundation, founded by celebrated Spanish artist Cristobal Gabarron, is partnering with the United Nations to organize the International Art Competition for youth (ages 10-14), Kids4humanrights to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.