The Weekly Challenge, 24th June 2019 – Fly The Flag
24th June 2019
“Can you name your human rights? Most of us were never taught them. We don’t know that each of us – every moment of every day – is invisibly protected by them.” Ai WeiWei
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artist Ai Weiwei has created a flag to celebrate universal human rights (see below). This week (24th– 30thJune), hundreds of Arts organisations and human rights charities invite you to Fly The Flag for human rights. From the Highlands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall via cities, towns and villages across the UK, in galleries and theatres, shopping centres and offices, schools and libraries, both physically and online, people will come together to celebrate that human rights are for everyone, every day.
Discover the full programme of events here. What’s going on near you?
Design, create and Fly The Flag for human rights! Be inspired by Ai Weiwei’s design or find your own way to represent what you want to say. Read a summary of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights here and take the opportunity to reflect on what this means to you. Have a look at the inspiration pack from Fly The Flag to get you started thinking about materials, ideas and design. Whether your flag is 7-foot-tall, decorated on a cake, knitted in a scarf, or planted in your garden – we want you to celebrate your human rights and Fly The Flag your way.
Don’t forget to share your creations online at #FlyTheFlag70 to inspire others and spread the word.
If you have more time …
There is loads going on for #FlyTheFlag70. Check out the ‘Writing Wrongs’ project from the Donmar Warehouse and be inspired to create your own film response on what human rights means to you.
Want to do more? Check out this ‘Write for rights’ campaign from Amnesty, and join the world’s biggest human rights event.Think
Do you know your human rights? What do human rights mean to you, and why should we celebrate and work to protect them? What could you do to keep this conversation going?
Here is Ai Weiwei’s flag, inspired by the journey of thousands of people around the world in search of refuge and asylum. “As we all come to learn, human rights are the precious result from generation after generation’s understanding of the human struggle. I am proud to be a part of this force.”Earlier this year, 64 Million Artists hosted a flag making workshop – below are some examples of what we got up to…’Humaness, not humannless.”