Children’s art makes it onto UNESCO World Register

An archive of children's art and COVID drawings becomes part of UNESCO's Australian Memory of the World Register.

Today (14 April), artworks by young children from kindergartens and primary schools in Wuhan (China) and Brisbane (Australia) have been added to the prestigious UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

The drawings are part of the Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children’s Art Archive – over 2000 artworks held within the State Library of Queensland’s collection. The archive began in 1986 to enable children to share their stories about their social worlds, human rights and futures.  

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina