Brave Walls

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Brave Walls is about art, connecting communities and beautiful protest.

An extension of the global Brave campaign, Brave Walls is a collaboration between Amnesty International and the global street art community. We are inviting artists to work with us to help increase awareness of human rights defenders (HRDs), by creating stunning pieces around the world, inspired by the issues HRDs are facing.

The focus of the art is the ordinary people who are standing up for our rights, some at enormous risk. We want the public to see these images, engage emotionally with them, and feel driven to take action to support human rights defenders.

We're teaming up with street artists to explore the power of art to push boundaries and stimulate debate.
Ben Eine street art in Romford UK, with a London red bus driving past Ben Eine street art in Romford UK, with a London red bus driving past
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Ben Eine in London, May 2017

Ben Eine has added his voice to the launch of the campaign with a giant mural on a building in East London spelling out the word “Brave” in 16-foot-high letters. As well as launching the Brave campaign the mural is also part of Colour in Romford, a street art initiative geared towards making Romford a 'painted town', launched last year by Made Public, an arts Community Investment Company dedicated to regenerating Romford through art and culture.

Ben Eine: Romford, United Kingdom

Find the mural on the wall of a building at 112 South St, Romford, RM1 1SS

Explore Ben Eine's mural in Romford, United Kingdom

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Ben Eine
We should all be free to express ourselves. From the safety of my comfort zone, I'm trying to support artists and others around the world to be brave.
Street art in Norway made by Ricky Lee Gordon depicting Norwegian human rights defender Sakris Kupila. Street art in Norway made by Ricky Lee Gordon depicting Norwegian human rights defender Sakris Kupila.
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We partnered with NUART at their 17th edition of the annual international contemporary street and urban art festival in Norway. For the festival, we teamed up with world-renowned muralist Ricky Lee Gordon. The collaboration produced the biggest outdoor piece of the festival, a 4 story  mural of Sakris Kupila, a human rights defender from Finland who has fought tirelessly for transgender rights in the face of harassment and intimidation.

Amnesty’s ‘Brave’ campaign asks us all to find the spark of courage inside to fight for what is right. NUART has given us an amazing platform to spread the word and ask more people to stand with the brave, to demand their recognition and protection and work together towards a fairer society
Sakris Kupila, human rights defender
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Ricky Lee Gordon
I wanted my piece to show who Sakris really is, and designed it as a celebration of someone who is brave enough to stand up for what is right at great personal cost.

Ricky Lee Gordon in Stavanger, Norway

Find the mural on the wall of a building at LAGÅRDSVEIEN 78 STAVANGER

The Amnesty logo spray painted in black on a cement wall The Amnesty logo spray painted in black on a cement wall
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Look out for contemporary ceramicist Carrie Reichardt at NuArt Aberdeen, highlighting the Suffragette Spirit campaign in support of women human rights defenders in the UK  and future collaborations.

 

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