Young people around the world will place a focus on human rights and creativity in a unique global video event culminating on the United Nations’ International Youth Day 2015.
Time for Rights invites young people from any country to make a six second video about the human right most important to them. The videos, which are expected to be mostly shot on mobile phone cameras, will simultaneously appear on Instagram at 12.15pm on Wednesday 12 August 2015, International Youth Day.
Devised by British creative technologist Tim Kindberg, Time for Rights is the first artist commission for 1215.today – a unique new digital platform inspired by the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta where young people aged 14-24 can explore, debate and create art that addresses issues of human rights, justice and civil liberties through the language of art.
Led by the University of Lincoln, UK, in collaboration with regional arts organisations, businesses, schools and the city and county councils, alongside a host of national and international partners, 1215.today is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through an Exceptional Award from Arts Council England. Over the next two years, the site will draw together a rich variety of artistic content inspired by Magna Carta, including six digitally-themed artist commissions that stimulate discussion and debate.
Tim Kindberg said: “In many parts of the world, human rights are under threat. Time for Rights is an opportunity for young people from around the world to get creative and make a statement about human rights, and to do so at the same time as an act of solidarity.”
Videos submitted to Time for Rights will contribute towards a new Charter of Rights that will be submitted to international institutions at the end of the 1215.today project in November 2017. Youth organisations around the world have been invited to participate, including the British Youth Council and the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Dr Jacqui Briggs, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said: “Human rights are enshrined in international law – not luxuries that governments bestow on us. However, these rights are at constant risk of abuse and erosion in countries all over the world today. Young people have a powerful role to play in protecting these rights – not just for themselves, but for others, and not just for today, but for future generations. History shows that when young people speak up with one voice, they are difficult to ignore.”
Ann Jones, Co-Director of 1215.today, said: “1215.today’s first commission, Time For Rights, gets straight to the heart of what 1215.today is about – encouraging young people to voice what they believe is just and fair through the universal language of art.”
Find our more at www.1215today.com/timeforrights
Story Credits: Ian Richards