Posters of protest and revolution

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s touring exhibition on political and protest posters is set to arrive at The Civic in Barnsley.

The exhibition brings together some 70 posters from the last 100 years. The posters come from around the world and relate to issues such as the Votes for Women campaign from the start of the last century, Anti-Apartheid groups and the recent Occupy movement.

The exhibition organisers say: “Making or displaying a poster is in itself a political, even sometimes a dangerous act and for many social and political movements poster production has been an important form of cultural output.”

Artists and designers including David Gentleman, Peter Kennard, David King and Anthony Burrill are among those whose works are on show in the exhibition.

The posters come from the V&A’s collection, with loans including some from the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. The V&A began collecting posters in 1910 and says that during the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1989, V&A curators travelled to Eastern Europe to collect posters directly from designers.

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution is at The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 from 27 March-13 June.

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