We are launching our In Visible Ink project with a series of pop-up activations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2018.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

This anniversary is the ideal opportunity for our Museum to demonstrate its commitment to developing a centre of human rights related activity in Perth.  It provides opportunities to develop partnerships and to activate community wide conversations about how we celebrate, why we commemorate and when to critique our basic human rights and those of others in our community.




Join us in Yagan Square on Sunday 9 December at 12 noon for our Human Rights Day family celebrations.  We will have dance performances from indigenous and multicultural youth, a digital photography exhibition, a pop up play space designed around the right of children to play safely and freely in the heart of our community and a youth ‘zine’ making workshop based around exploring what human rights mean to you and how we can defend them.


Launch of Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Pocket Guide

On 10 December, join us as we launch our very own version of the Declaration of Human Rights, designed and developed in partnership with the Community Arts Network and the Edmund Rice Centre.  Human rights are for everyone, and we want you to have your own pocket guide!




Head over to the Perth Cultural Centre screen on 10 December to see the many  and varied responses to the Human Rights Declaration, designed by the children of Perth during our pop up activity at the Awesome Arts Festival for Bright Young Things.


You can also see these drawings on the big screen at the City of Perth Library.  In celebration of Human Rights Day, the library will be hosting a story time session on Tuesday 11 December, during which young author Deborah Ridge will read her new picture book: Brown Eyed Boy.

The intention of this beautiful book is to inspire children to discuss diferences and, together with their families, discover their own stories and reasons behind them being as they are. The aim is to normalize diversity and create a safe, non-judgemental conversation where kids can openly talk about their doubts and insecurities, giving families and carers the oportunity to show them how amazing they are just by being themselves.


In commemoration of 10 December, MFT will exhibit four new online displays of artworks and photographs relating to the theme of children and human rights, as follows:

  • Works selected from the Yolande Frank art awards;
  • Works selected from the Awesome Festival;
  • Photographs from the WA Multicultural Association’s annual talent competition.

Our partners

We are pleased to be partnering with the City of Perth, the Community Arts Network of WA, the Edmund Rice Centre, the WA Multicultural Association, Mica Exhibitions, Kindling Creative, the Belonging Project, Draw History and eVista to deliver our Human Rights Day project.

We would also like to thank Awesome Arts, the United Nations Association of Australia (WA), the City of Perth Library, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Screenwest and the Perth Cultural Centre for their support, as well as the main partners of our In Visible Ink symposium, the WA Museum.