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WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY TO SHOWCASE POLITICAL POSTERS
The William Morris Gallery will be hosting a new exhibition of iconic political posters, from 8 October 2016 until 17 January 2017.
'A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution' will feature a century's worth of political posters, gathered from the National Poster Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Political activists have used posters as a means of communicating, mobilising, educating and organising. The exhibition will showcase years of work by graphic designers, artists and print collectives, featuring examples from the Russian, Chinese and Cuban Revolutions, the Suffragette campaign, and a collection from Walter Crane's 'Cartoons for the Cause'. There will also be newly acquired examples, generated by recent protests in the UK, Russia and Middle East.
William Morris was a socialist campaigner and designer, and understood the potential of a printed image for communicating to a mass audience, making the William Morris Gallery an ideal stage for the show.
Britain's most important political artist, Peter Kennard, whose work is one of the exhibition's highlights, commented: "The William Morris Gallery is the perfect place to be showing posters of protest and dissent. Morris was committed to methods of cultural production that could break through the shackles of elitism and polite society... The posters are cheap and available to all, but like Morris their makers believe that whether they are slapped up on hoardings in the street or pinned on factory noticeboards they should be made with the same care and intense creative input as any work of art”.
The council-run gallery in Walthamstow, East London, an area with a rich history of political activism, will also feature locally produced posters from community-led campaigns of recent years.
Chris Robbins, leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “We’re very pleased to be hosting this provocative and thoughtful exhibition, which brings politics and art together just as Morris did.”
The exhibition will also host Ruth Ewan's 'A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World', a collection of 2000 idealistic or political songs, collated by Ewan and played from a CD jukebox.