A student protest

Student protests – once peaceful, often loud, sometimes ironic, always opinionated and now tarnished with images of rioting and, unfortunately, a fire extinguisher.

A group of 16-illustration students from the University of Westminster are hoping to change this perception of student protests being link to mindless acts of vandalism, by communicating their opinions of last year’s Coalition Government budgets cuts with a far more visual protest.

Artwork by Charlie Railings
Artwork by Charlie Railings

The Cuts exhibition, set to open 24 March, has been organised and funded by the students independently from the university, and will showcase a diverse range of artworks from fine art to satirical cartooning. It has been appropriately branded with the controversial slogan – the pen is mightier than the fire extinguisher – and we couldn’t agree more.

Artwork by Paul Hickey
Artwork by Paul Hickey

No student-led exhibition could go ahead without a launch party – they even splashed out on some free booze. Lets just hope no one gets done for being drunk and disorderly.

Artwork by Holly Monger
Artwork by Holly Monger

Cuts exhibition, 24 March launch party, exhibition 25-30 March at Space Fifty Four,54 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3QN

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