The University of Sussex and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts ( ACCA ) are flying the flag for human rights this week.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , from 24-29 June we are proudly flying a flag designed by artist Ai Weiwei from the Sussex House building on our Falmer campus.
Throughout Fly the Flag week, we are also celebrating some of the ways we promote human rights in our research, teaching and the local community.
University of Sussex Law academic Dr Lucy Finchett-Maddock has developed an Art/Law Network where artists, activists, lawyers, practitioners and other such agitators can share their work and ideas, create art projects on law and develop law projects on art.
Lucy recently collaborated with artist Arthur Mactaggart and the arts charity Outside In to highlight the ways ideas relating to legal rights can be expressed through art.
Arthur, whose artwork is on display at the University of Sussex, creates artwork to promote awareness of the rehabilitative powers of art intervention. He said: “I realise my paintings aren’t pretty or polite, and people are unlikely to want one hanging in their living room, but ultimately I suppose I would like them to be moved in some way.
“With my more topical paintings, I hope people are interested in the issues behind them too: mental health is still at a crisis point within the prison system.
“I feel it’s important that we realise what goes on behind locked doors, and if someone’s interest or awareness is piqued by a painting, that has got to be a good thing.”
In June 2019, Dr Finchett-Maddock’s art-law initiative received a ‘Teaching to Disrupt’ Education Award from the University of Sussex, presented to those who have dared to be different, surprising, innovative and pioneering, and have inspired their students’ critical or entrepreneurial imagination.
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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 26 June 2019