Darwin Community Legal Service

Rights On Show

We want your feedback!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to or participated in our 24th annual human rights arts exhibition and awards.

If you were involved in this year’s show in any way we would love your feedback to help grow the event in future.

All feedback is anonymous and submitted online. No downloading of forms required.

Darwin Community Legal Service’s
24th Annual Human Rights Art Awards
and Exhibition

Showcasing artwork from Territory artists since 1994 – from preschool to professional, all abilities

2020 Theme: 'United We Stand'

Inspired by the local ‘black lives matter’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights movement. Open to all interpretations.

Important dates for 2020

Entries due

Please deliver your final artwork to:
The Supreme Court Building (Darwin)
Between 1:00 – 3:00pm on either Tuesday 3 or Wednesday 4 November

Opening Night & Awards Presentation

5.30pm Friday 6 November 2020
Supreme Court foyer, Darwin

Exhibition dates

8:00am – 4.00pm, Monday – Friday
Friday 6 to Friday 20 November 2020 (2 weeks)

Artwork collection (updated 17 Nov)

Between 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Thursday 19 November
(Please be aware that the courthouse closes at 4:00pm)
Between 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Friday 20 November
Pick up from Supreme Court Darwin, Foyer

The 2020 Award Recipients

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need any help with the application process, or have any concerns, please contact:

Theresa Kagayo, Rights on Show Coordinator, at theresa@dcls.org.au or phone (08) 8982 1111

What is Rights On Show?
Showcasing artwork from Territory artists since 1994 – from preschool to professional, all abilities

Rights on Show is Darwin Community Legal Service’s annual human rights art awards and exhibition. It commenced in 1994 and is in its 24th year in 2020.

The exhibition is open to people of all ages and all skill levels. Artwork focussing on human rights in any medium is accepted. We hope to receive entries for all wanting to participate. We may be able to provide supplies to individuals without the means.

What is the theme for 2020?
The theme for 2020 is ‘United We Stand’.

It was inspired by the 2020 local ‘black lives matter’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights movement.

The theme is open to all interpretations.

How do I enter?
Entry to Rights on Show 2020 is free and open to anyone in the NT community.

  • An entry form must be completed for each artwork submitted
  • Artwork must be delivered to the exhibition venue during the designated times and days
  • The Terms and Conditions of Entry (on this page) must be agreed to.
Can I sell / buy the artwork?
Participants may elect to list their artwork for sale, if so desired.

Accordingly, visitors to the Exhibition can purchase many of the artworks on display.

DCLS does not take any commission on the sale of the artwork, nor deal with the sale. Contact details are provided in the catalogue if artwork is for sale. If artwork is sold during the Exhibition, the artist should contact DCLS and a red sticker will then be placed next to the artwork sold.

Sold artwork is to be collected after the exhibition is finished and not before.

DCLS staff and Board members may submit artwork, but are not eligible for prizes or sale of their artwork. DCLS volunteers may enter without restriction.

What are the prizes?
The prize categories in 2020 are:

  • Rights on Show Award (1st $1000 / 2nd $600 / 3rd $400)
  • People’s Choice Award $500
  • Secondary School Award $150
  • Primary School Award $100
  • Judges Recommendation Award $250
How do I view the exhibition?
The Exhibition is again being held at the Supreme Court in Darwin. We gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of the Court in providing this venue free of charge.

The Exhibition will run over the two week period:

8:00am – 4.00 pm, Monday – Friday
Friday 6 – Thursday 19 November 2020 (2 weeks)

Supreme Court Building
State Square
(Open between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00pm week days)

Entry to the Exhibition is free and visitors are encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

How do I become a Sponsor or Donor?
Support for Rights on Show 2020 – Human Rights Art Awards and Exhibition

Darwin Community Legal Service is excited to celebrate its 24th annual Rights on Show exhibition. Rights on Show gives members of the Darwin community a platform to showcase their artwork, highlight local issues, and be supported to participate in a high profile art exhibition at the Northern Territory Supreme Court.

We invite your support to help fund our 2020 Rights on Show exhibition themed: United We Stand. You can choose to sponsor an award, contribute to the costs of art supplies, or to the general costs of the exhibition. Your contribution will be suitably acknowledged at the opening awards ceremonies, and during the course of the two week exhibition. You will also be acknowledged on our website and social media and in various other publications and promotional materials. Major sponsors are those who contribute $500 or more.

Rights on Show will be held from Friday 6 November 2020, commencing with an opening night in the foyer of the NT Supreme Court at 5.30pm. Various esteemed speakers and guests will be present.

If you are interested in contributing to this important community event, please contact the Rights on Show Coordinator Theresa Kagayo on (08) 8982 1111 or by email at theresa@dcls.org.au

Can you come talk to my group? Can we get help with materials?
Free presentation

Community groups, artists or any interested people can book a talk about the 2020 Rights on Show theme.

Free Materials

Does your group need art supplies?

For our 2020 show, we will be supplying art materials to primary schools, aged care facilities, Aboriginal Health organisations and correctional facilities to enable vulnerable people to engage positively in their local community and to sell their works.

Please contact our Coordinator if you would like to discuss your groups needs.

What are the conditions of entry?


The entrant must acknowledge and comply with the following Terms and Conditions:

Artwork delivery

Darwin Supreme Court, State Square
Strictly between 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 November 2020
Please contact us if this is not possible and we will try our best to assist

Opening Night and award ceremony

5.30 pm Friday 6 November 2020 at the Darwin Supreme Court

Exhibition dates

Artwork will be displayed at the Darwin Supreme Court:
Friday 6 November – Friday 20 November 2020
Opening hours 8 am – 4.00 pm, Monday – Friday (week days only)

Artwork collection

Artworks are to be collected from the Darwin Supreme Court on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November between 8.00am – 4.00 pm only.
Any uncollected artwork will be disposed of.

  • All entries must be the original work of the artist
  • Please complete a separate entry form for each piece entered by the same artist
  • Artwork should be ready to hang with string, wire, eyelets etc. Unframed works on paper will be pinned if possible
  • Consent to DCLS reproducing exhibited work/s for promotional purposes, in all media, at no charge (eg. in their Newsletter or Annual Report, or on their Facebook page)
  • Delivery of artwork and collection of the artwork is the responsibility of the artist. DCLS will not incur any costs
  • Artworks larger than 2×2 metres (2D) or 2x1x1 metres (3D) must be pre-approved by the Rights on Show Coordinator. All large 2D, all 3D, electronic multi-media and performance works must be discussed with the Rights on Show Coordinator to ensure the exhibition venue will accommodate the work and maximise quality of display
  • All sales are to be managed by the artist – DCLS takes no commission and will not be involved in sales
  • DCLS staff and Board members may submit artwork, but are not eligible for prizes or sale of their artwork
  • DCLS volunteers may enter without restriction
  • A maximum of 5 pieces may be submitted per person (this may change in future)
  • DCLS reserves the right to refuse entries

Download Conditions of Entry (PDF)

How can I find out more?
Please contact Rights on Show Coordinator Theresa Kagayo on (08) 8982 1111 or by email at theresa@dcls.org.au


Whilst every care will be taken with the artworks, Darwin Community Legal Service accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage or destruction to the artwork or frame howsoever caused from the time of delivery of the artwork until collection of the artwork including during the transportation, hanging and/or display of the artwork. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.