Children have rights

In celebration of Children’s Week 2013 (19-27 Oct), State Library of Queensland presents an inspiring exhibition exploring human rights, through the eyes of children.

Children’s Voices, which is supported by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, is a collection of drawings, painting and linocuts made by children, expressing their own understanding and views of their human rights.

From the value children place on family life and education, to their concerns about poverty, homelessness, war and abuse, the powerful artworks present an inspiring insight into how children view their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

State Librarian Janette Wright said children have a unique perspective on the world, and we often learn as much from them as they do from us.

“Projects such as these offer children the opportunity to reveal the depth of their thinking about important social issues affecting all children around the world,” said Ms Wright.

“The artworks on display were originally created in 1997 for the First Australasian Conference on the Rights of the Child, and are now held at State Library as part of the extensive Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children’s Art Archive,” she said.

“We’re excited to showcase these artworks, helping re-kindle these important conversations about the meaning of children’s rights, and giving children a voice in these discussions. State Library will be working in three Brisbane schools to add the contemporary voice of children to this exhibition,” she said.

Barry Salmon, State Ambassador for Queensland Children’s Week 2013 and Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, said Children’s Week represents a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the needs, rights and achievements of children.

“Children’s rights are about recognising the things children and young people need for their development, to stay healthy and to reach their full potential.” he said.
“The Children’s Commission is proud to support the Children’s Voices exhibition and I encourage you to visit State Library to view and reflect on the artworks."

Visitors are encouraged to leave a comment or create their own artwork, reflecting on the exhibition and what the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child means to you.

What: Children’s Voices
When: Open daily 19 Oct – 19 Dec 2013
Where: The Parlour, level 1, State Library of Queensland
Entry: Free
Media enquiries: Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications 07 3840 7784 |

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