In 2013 and 2014 Juliana Mensah was artist in residence at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, supported by the Leverhulme Trust and Arts Council England.
Juliana’s residency at CAHR was part of the York Human Rights City project. The residency involved delivering arts and creative writing workshops with fellows on CAHR’s Protective Fellowship for Human Rights Defenders, collaboration with students and academics, and outreach activity as part of the York Human Rights City project.
In Autumn 2014 as the residency came to an end, the role was expanded into a Research and Teaching Fellowship with the support of the Sigrid Rausing Trust. This blog is a legacy document of the artist residency. It showcases some of the work that was developed during that period and beyond.
Read the first blog post here.
The Centre for Applied Human Rights is an interdisciplinary research and teaching centre at the University of York. It is a friendly community of scholars and visiting practitioners who have a shared focus on the real world challenges of putting human rights into practice and protecting human rights defenders who are at risk.
The York Human Rights City project is inspired by the Human Rights City movement. The project aspires to promote a community where individuals, groups and organisations debate, learn, understand and apply human rights principles to their daily lives. It links local concerns with national and global agendas and offers an opportunity to rethink approaches to human rights.
The first Human Rights Cities were organised by the US-based NGO, The People’s Movement for Human Rights Education in 1997. While there are a number of Human Rights Cities around the world including Accra, Ghana; Graz, Austria; Edmonton and Winnipeg, Canada; Korogocho, Kenya; and Mogale, South Africa , York is the UK’s first Human Rights City.