Protection Exhibition

Riposte presents, Protection — a new group exhibition that marks the 70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. In partnership with Amnesty International UK Trust, Riposte have invited 30 artists to create a piece of work in response to the word “Protection” and we’d love you to be part of the show.

The final works in the exhibition will relate to a specific aspect of the declaration such as protecting sexual and reproduction rights, our bodies, freedom of expression, the right to seek asylum, the rights of LGBTQI people or the protection of privacy. Artists are welcome to respond to any article of the declaration that resonates with them through any medium or discipline of their choice.

We’d like to open the brief up and welcome submissions from our audience, we will select one submission to be included in the show alongside our invited line up of artists, designers and photographers.

All artwork will be made into A2 prints and exhibited at a new space at Coal Drops Yard, London from 10-16 December in a week-long exhibition curated by Riposte.

All prints will be sold in the space and online with all proceeds going to Amnesty International UK Trust.

The declaration of human rights:

Drafted in 1948 following the atrocities of the second world war the declaration provides a universal set of minimum standards for how people should be treated world-wide. It is rooted in a desire for dignity, equality and fairness for all. It has been translated into over 300 languages and forms the basis of UK law today.

A full outline of the declaration can be found here.

Deadline & how to submit your work:

The deadline for submissions is 26 November at 5pm. Please send all files or artwork links to

Please only submit one piece of work with a title and 200 words on why it relates to the theme of protection.

One final design will be selected and the winner will be notified by 27th November.


Final artwork must be a high res pdf/tiff/jpg, A2 in size (with 3mm bleed), 300dpi and portrait format.

All artwork will be digitally printed at Print Space London.

Extra info:

The brief is open to all disciplines and the final work submitted doesn’t need to specifically feature the word “protection”. The final work could relate to the theme of protecting an individual or a group of people. It could focus on a specific aspect of the declaration such as protecting sexual and reproduction rights, our bodies, freedom of expression, the rights of LGBTQI+ people or protection of privacy. It could be very personal and specific or relate to the wider issues that the declaration covers. The final artwork doesn’t need to be literal, we welcome abstract responses and we’re happy for artists to interpret the brief as they see fit.

The final copyright will belong to the artist.

The final works will also be published in a newspaper made to accompany the exhibition and printed by Newspaper Club.