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William Morris Gallery presents A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

A new exhibition at the William Morris Gallery looks at a century of posters agitating for political change. From the Suffragette campaigns of the early twentieth century to the Arab Spring, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, which opens on 8 October, will present around 70 posters drawn from the national poster collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Showcasing the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives it will include new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest in the UK, Russia and the Middle East.

Making or displaying a poster is in itself a means of taking political action, while for many social and political movements posters have represented an important form of cultural output. As a socialist campaigner and designer, Morris understood the immediacy of the printed image and its potential to communicate to a mass audience. 

Exhibition highlights include posters by Britain’s most important political artist Peter Kennard, whose imagery has become synonymous with the modern protest movement. Kennard said: “The William Morris Gallery is the perfect place to be showing posters of protest and dissent.  Morris was committed to methods of cultural production that could break through the shackles of elitism and polite society.

“The posters are cheap and available to all, but like Morris their makers believe that whether they are slapped up on hoardings in the street or pinned on factory noticeboards they should be made with the same care and intense creative input as any work of art.”

The show will also feature posters made by the Atelier Populaire during the student protests in Paris in 1968, as well as examples from the Russian, Chinese and Cuban Revolutions. Also on display will be a selection from the Gallery’s collection of Walter Crane’s Cartoons for the Cause. Crane’s early socialist iconography challenged the idea that political struggle was remote from and even destructive of a sense of beauty.

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.”

The exhibition at the Council-run Gallery in Walthamstow will also feature locally produced posters from some of the most energetic community led campaigns of recent years.

The exhibition will also host artist Ruth Ewan’s ‘A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World’, an on-going collection of over 2,000 idealistic or political songs collated by Ewan and disseminated via a CD jukebox.


Notes to editors

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution 

8 October 2016 - 15 January 2017

William Morris Gallery

Forest Road, London, E17 4PP

Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; admission free

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution is a V&A touring exhibition. The exhibition is at the William Morris Gallery from 8 October 2016 to 15 January 2017 - it is the final venue in the tour.

For further information about the exhibition please contact Ian Mason, Press Officer, Waltham Forest Council:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


High resolution images are available upon request.

The exhibition’s curators are Catherine Flood, V&A Prints Curator and Rowan Bain, William Morris Gallery Curator.

About the William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery 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 reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment that attracted widespread public and press acclaim.

Since its relaunch 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 2013 and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014.

About the Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

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