Art for Human Rights
Raising awareness of human rights and violation of those rights is an essential part of Amnesty International’s work, and visual art is a powerful way to achieve this. This is why during 2013 the local Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Amnesty Group offered anyone an opportunity to show their support for the work of Amnesty by entering their artwork into an Open Exhibition, telling us what aspect of human rights has inspired them.
I have 2 paintings in this exhibition ‘Interrogation’ and ‘Manifesto for the Disappeared’. Both at Bournemouth Central Library.
‘Keeping Quiet’: Town Mill, David West Gallery, Lyme Regis, 27 July – 16 August
Ricky Romain is a South West based artist. His imagery is semi-figurative and is inspired by Human Rights. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has often been connected to unique artistic collaborations outside the usual gallery setting, which have cited his work in venues that reflect this theme, including:
- The International Secretariat, headquarters of Amnesty International in London
- Tooks Chambers the chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, London
- The European Court of Human Rights building, Strasbourg
- Matrix Chambers, London
His images have been used to inform academic publications and conferences, particularly in connection with asylum and immigration issues.
The Ricky Romain exhibition at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis is entitled ‘Keeping Quiet’. It explores questions of collective responsibility, ethical journalism and political accountability.