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2020: Freedom
Making the Most of Technology in 2020
72nd Anniversary
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Video: Courtesy Mark Street, Film Maker who kindly made this video of the Children’s Art for online viewing.  
Thanks also to Michelle James, Visual Arts Coordinator, City of Kingston for opening the online exhibition. 
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Published: 28th October 2020

​Student Art Awards

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Inc.

Art Topic: "Exploring Freedom"

The Student Art Competition was completed using electronic submission of scanned images of the artwork.

The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic saw the closure of the Shirley Burke Theatre and Gallery.   Consequently, our annual event held to celebrate the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was cancelled.  The opening of the 2020 Children’s Art Exhibition on the 29th October, which is run in conjunction with our annual event, was also cancelled.

Every year the Committee choose a different theme, which responds in some way to an article or articles of the Declaration.  The theme for 2020 "Exploring Freedom", was chosen back in 2019, before any knowledge of the pandemic, and the resultant clamp down on our personal freedoms it would bring.

Sadly, the screening of artist William Kelly's award winning documentary, "Can Art stop a Bullet?" was also included in the opening of the Children’s Art Exhibition.  The screening was also cancelled.  However, KFHR Committee was not to be deterred by this unfortunate state of affairs. 


Online Screening - Can Art Stop a Bullet? by William Kelly

It was ‘all systems go’ on finding out that FanForceTV, an online movie screening web portal, happily re-organized the documentary screening into an online event.  The event was held on the 29th October, the same day as our previously advertised Gallery Opening of the Children’s Art.   

Sponsorship and encouragement from the 2020 Seniors Festival including advertising in their bulletin, made the  FanForceTV online event a resounding success.

The event thus went online without any issues, and was rated ‘very successful’ with a Q & A in which all the audience were able to participate.

Mark Street, the filmmaker of the William Kelly documentary also put together a short video of the children’s artworks, which shows their understanding of Freedom through the powerful medium of art. So if you missed it you can watch it from this page now. 

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