Atlas Arts




Fly The Flag for Human Rights

Artist Ai Weiwei standing in a brick archway holding a pale blue flag that he has designed as it blows gently in front of him.

24 – 30 June 2019

Clan Nicolson Memorial, Scorrybreac, Portree, Isle of Skye

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ATLAS Arts is part of a worldwide campaign to Fly The Flag for human rights marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

From 24 – 30 June, the Saltire at Scorrybreac will be replaced by a specially designed flag by internationally acclaimed artist, Ai Weiwei.

We invite you to join us along with councillor John Gordon and pupils from Portree Primary School on Monday 24th June at 10.30am to raise the flag and mark this anniversary.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to design a flag for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we all come to learn, human rights are the precious result from generation after generation’s understanding of the human struggle. I am proud to be a part of this force.” Ai Weiwei

In a unique collaboration, a wide-ranging group of arts organisations and human rights charities commissioned Ai Weiwei to design a new flag in response to the real and present dangers of a world changing at break-neck speed and a community that has forgotten why human rights are so important, to offer hope and to educate generations to come about the absolute importance of universal human rights.

Beyond the UK, the project also has international partners, broadening its impact across the globe. In an ever-growing list, the flying of the flag and surrounding events will take place in Mexico, Iceland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Greece and the USA. Wherever flown, both physically and digitally, by groups or individuals, the flag will remind people of the international commitment made to ensure a minimum standard of safety and dignity to every human being. Fly The Flag reminds us that human rights are for everyone, every day.

ATLAS Arts would like to thank the Nicolson Trust for allowing us to use their flag pole.