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Crowds flock to gallery for exhibition

by Aileen Murphy Mon 30 January 2017, 4:14 pm

The latest exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, which showcased political movements and struggles from the last century through posters drawn from the Victorian and Albert Museum collection, attracted 29,000 visitors.

The free-to-view exhibition between 8 October 2016 and 15 January 2017, A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, displayed artistic posters as political statements, ranging from the current crisis in Syria to the ‘votes for women’ suffragette movement.

The collection consisted of around 70 posters sourced from the UK, Paris, Russia, China, Cuba and the Middle East.

Posters made during the 1968 student protests in Paris, by the Atelier Populaire, were featured in the gallery, alongside locally produced posters from community led campaigns.

The council-run gallery intended the exhibition to engage the audience and portray political action through an artistic and cultural output.

Councillor 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.”

William Morris, whom the gallery on Forest Road is named after, was a designer and socialist who, according to political artist Peter Kennard, believed that posters, “whether slapped up on hoardings in the street or pinned on factory noticeboards, should be made with the same care and intense creative input as any work of art”.

The exhibition also included works from artist Ruth Ewan. Her collection of 2,000 politically inspired songs from A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World was played for visitors to the exhibition.

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