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Human Rights Commission unveils human rights street art

24 Sept 2018

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has unveiled street art outside its North Street offices to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Commission partnered with Seedhead Arts’ annual event, ‘Hit the North Street Art Festival’. It was paired with talented local artist, Emic, who developed the design.

Emic commented on the collaboration:

“The image depicts hands covering a face. The hands are held up together in a fashion that references handcuffed arms, and they cover the face to represent oppression of identity. The silhouette of the bust is filled with colour and lines, which is a reference to diversity and creativity.

“I hope this artwork goes some way to reflecting the significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a foundation on which our society has been built.”

Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby, commented:

“We are delighted to have Emic’s work on permanent display beside our offices on North Street. This is a unique project for us, and we hope people will come to North Street and reflect on how human rights are an integral part of our everyday lives.”

Emic’s art is displayed beside the Commission’s office at 39 North Street.

Further information:

For further information, please contact Claire Martin on 07717731873 or by email:

Notes to Editors:

1. The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights falls on 10 December 2018.

2. Emic is an artist based in Belfast, who has been practicing since 2012. More information on his work can be found on his website:

3. Seedhead Arts is an organisation based in Belfast, providing consultancy, event management and training services. It established ‘Hit the North Street Art Festival’ with the Community Arts Partnership in 2013, to transform the vacant space along North Street and the Cathedral Quarter. More information can be found at:

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