OLCHC Host OCO's 'Rights in their Eyes' Art Exhibition

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Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO)
'Rights in their Eyes' Art Exhibition

Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 - Friday, 20th July, 2018

18th April, 2018

Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) is delighted to announce that it is hosting the Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) 'Rights in their Eyes' art exhibition from Wednesday, 18th April to Friday, 20th July, 2018.

This exhibition features a collection of works reflecting children’s rights in Ireland as seen by the young artists ranging from 6 – 17 years of age, all of whom are winners of the 63rd Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

The 'Rights in their Eyes' exhibition is one of many activities planned by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) to mark 25 years since Ireland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The images created by the young people will be used throughout the year reflecting children’s own views on rights in Ireland today.

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition in OLCHC, Rachel Kenna, Director of Nursing, said, "This is a very unique and imaginative exhibition created by children for children and it is very fitting that it should be placed in a children's hospital setting. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host it and look forward to the curiosity it will create and the discussions that will unfold around children's rights in Ireland amongst our patients, and their families as well as our staff". 

Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon added: “These art pieces give a snapshot of how the young people view children’s rights today. The images range from family to play to the stress children feel in their everyday lives.

“The young people themselves put it best when they outlined the inspiration behind their pieces. Lucy Deegan (17) who created a piece depicting her friends looking out an old railway carriage door explained how she felt her friends were experiencing enthusiasm and joy, depicting a child’s right to play.

“In Amy Zhao’s (12) drawing a young girl is trapped between two phones. Amy says ‘we are trapped in our phones, just like prison. Maybe that’s why they’re called cell phones’. She says ‘family times are definitely more valuable than devices’.

“The 25th anniversary of the UNCRC in Ireland is a time to consider not only the progress that has been made in the area of children’s rights but also the work still to be done.”

Please click on link to see the launch of the 'Rights in Their Eyes' art exhibition at the RHA Gallery, Dublin September 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxLMBL7qwWY

For more information, please visit www.oco.ie or Freephone 1800 20 20 40

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