How do children view their human rights?

In celebration of Children’s Week 2013 (19-27 Oct), State Library 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.

'The right to play', by Arja Gullvik (age 11) 1997-1999, John Oxley Library, SLQ

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.

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.

'Children Living in a Clean Environment/ Children Living Under Bridges', by Anneliese Moore (age 8), 1997, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

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.

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.

Come and explore the exhibition and leave a comment or create your own artwork, reflecting on the exhibition and what the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child means to you.

Or visit the online showcase and view the gallery and learning opportunities.

'Children Aren’t Happy Being Home Alone', by Sarah Guttie (age 6), 1997, John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Children’s Voices | Open daily 19 Oct – 19 Dec 2013 | The Parlour, level 1, SLQ | Free entry