2014 Political Poster Workshop
One day cross programme brief with Graphic Design and Illustration with Animation students and staff from Manchester School of Art, Liverpool John Moores University and Salford University.
Project launched and directed by Illustrator Steve Smith /Neesden Control Centre.
Time allocated: one day to create collaborative placards and banners based on the brief outlined below using minimal lo-fi materials based activity. Culminating in a march to The Peoples History Museum at 5.00 to coincide with a related one day conference event.
Talking Loud Saying Nothing or Talking Loud and Saying Something? Mobilise, educate and organise.
“Making or displaying a poster is in itself a means of taking a political position or action, while for many social and political movements posters have represented an important form of cultural output. Themes of protest and political participation have gained a powerful contemporary resonance in the wake of the Arab Spring and the global financial crisis.” V&A
Making a poster can be playful, provocative and an emotional involvement into a political act combining a mix of culture, folk art and public performance, intent on disrupting our sense of cultural and historical authority.
A section of designs from the day are in the images section.
The posters produced were both selectively archived at the PHM and turned into a further exhibition by Jon Hannan outside the Manchester School of Art in March 2015.