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William Morris Gallery: young people’s campaigning posters go on display

An exhibition of poster art made and curated by young people opens at Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery next month.



Created by five young artists aged 16-22, the works in Think! The Poster Collective were inspired by the Gallery’s new exhibition, A World To Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, which explores a century of political poster art.



The young artists visited print maker Aida Wilde in her Hackney studio to find out about her creative process. The exhibition is an emotional and thoughtful response to the themes of community, the impact of mass media and freedom of speech.



Think! The Poster Collective has been curated by the William Morris Gallery Young Curators Group. The group puts together exhibitions and events for young people and advises the Gallery on attracting younger audiences.



The exhibition will run alongside A World To Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, which is on display at the Gallery until 15 January.



Eleanor Flowerday, one of the young curators, said: “These exceptional young artists have all contributed to a powerful exhibition, using art to provoke thought and discussion. They all question what society is and their work houses the many voices of their generation. It is a wonderful collection of art that aims to make you think.”



Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “Waltham Forest has some extremely talented young artists and curators, so it’s great to see their work on display at the William Morris Gallery. Morris believed that art could change the world and the work here is clearly in that spirit. It’s a very powerful show that complements A World To Win perfectly.”



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Think! The Poster Collective: Young People's Exhibition

2 November 2016 to 29 January 2017

William Morris Gallery

Exhibition in the Discovery Lounge. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; free.

For further information and images please contact Ian Mason:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143

Email: ian.mason@walthamforest.gov.uk



About the William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery is the only public museum devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist. Housed in the grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856, the Gallery presents the world’s largest collection of his work through award-winning interactive displays.

Since its relaunch in 2012 the Gallery has developed an ambitious contemporary programme, hosting Morris-inspired exhibitions by artists including Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Yinka Shonibare , Bob and Roberta Smith and Clare Twomey.

The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, was awarded the Art Fund prize for Museum of the Year in 2013 and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014.

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