BC Civil Liberties: Franke James wins 2014 Liberty Award for Excellence in the Arts

by Franke James


VANCOUVER – Thursday, June 19 2014

The BCCLA Liberty Awards honour recipients for their outstanding leadership to promote human rights and freedoms in Canada.

Franke James is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in the Arts award. Franke has spent years producing original artwork inspired by social and environmental justice. Franke’s artwork and books span print, TV, radio, and online mediums in Canada, the USA, and many other parts of the world. Outspoken on environmental issues, her works have come into conflict with the federal government – leading to the cancellation of her 20-city European art exhibition because of government interference from high-level bureaucrats. Her experiences as an artist facing muzzling and censorship by the federal government led to the publishing of her third book, Banned on the Hill, which chronicles her experience with free expression through eight “visual essays”. Her focus on environmental and social justice, and her fight for free expression, are a few of the reasons she is this year’s recipient.

See all the 2014 Liberty Award winners

“Oh No Canada!” Canadian artist Franke James’ protest art show in Washington, DC: October to December 2013

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Sept. 24, 2015 BCCLA show: My Dangerous Art: Free expression in a climate of fear


BCCLA Executive Director Josh Paterson spoke about why the non-partisan civil liberties association was stepping forward to host an exhibition of Franke’s artwork… “We believe it is a critical time for free expression in this country. In just the last two years, cities have passed laws curtailing the right to demonstrate, scientists in employ of the government have had their voices muzzled, and ‘anti-terrorism’ laws are being used to limit our rights to free speech.

Franke’s work calls on Canadians to engage in an important public policy conversation, and her own story of censorship is an important reminder of why we must work vigilantly to protect free expression. Not only that, but Franke is a fantastic example of how to shine a bright light on censorship, fight back, and come out of the experience stronger than ever.”

Read more… I am no longer “the blacklisted artist”

The bus-shelter-sized poster series Six Easy Ways to Crush Free Expression by artist and author Franke James was debuted at her solo show, My Dangerous Art: Free Expression in a Climate of Fear. The public event was hosted by the BC Civil Liberties Association on September 24, 2015 in Vancouver, B.C. | Photo: Billiam James

2015 posters: Six Easy Ways to Crush Free Expression

Franke James letter to Suzanne Legault, OIC
“The reason I was censored should make all Canadians angry”

2013 Media Campaign: Crowdfunding Puts Do Not Talk Posters Up in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax.
Banned on the Hill’s Indiegogo Updates 2013- 2014

Book 2013: Banned on the Hill: a true story about dirty oil and government censorship.

Chapter from Banned on the Hill:
“Franke James is Your Fault?”

Video 2011: Banned on the Hill (and in Europe!)

Art show 2011: Victory! Banned on the Hill Opening in Ottawa

Press release: PEN Canada and the Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) issued a press release, expressing concern over Government interference: “The government of Canada has no right to determine what is an acceptable opinion for an individual citizen, on climate change or any matter of public interest,” said Charlie Foran, President of PEN Canada, “To do so is clearly not in the spirit of the Charter and the long history of freedom of expression in Canada.”

Blacklisting News 2011-2013

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