Posters, Politics, Protest: British Political Posters conference

Next month, the People’s History Museum in Manchester is set to stage a conference dedicated to the British political poster. Speakers will include Saatchi & Saatchi-founder Jeremy Sinclair, creator of many of the Conservative party’s most famous ad campaigns, artist Peter Kennard and designer Noel Douglas of the Occupy movement

Poster by Gerald Spencer Pryse, 1910 © Victoria and Albert Museum

Next month, the People’s History Museum in Manchester is set to stage a conference dedicated to the British political poster. Speakers will include Saatchi & Saatchi-founder Jeremy Sinclair, creator of many of the Conservative party’s most famous ad campaigns, artist Peter Kennard and designer Noel Douglas of the Occupy movement…

Organised in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), the event will see curators, campaigners and designers exploring the significance of the poster to the past, current and future British political debate.

The day-long conference will take place on Friday October 10 and according to details on its Eventbrite page, topics will include “the history of posters, design as activism, the management and manipulation of billboards, subversions and internet spoofs and the influence of new media on how political posters are conceived and deployed.”

Discussions will be charied by the V&A’s Margaret Timmers, Catherine Flood and Matilda Pye and the LSE’s Margaret Scammel. Other speakers set to appear include Clifford Singer of mydavidcameron.com, Suzy Mackie and Pru Stevenson of See Red Woman’s Workshop, Cathy Ross of the Museum of London and Chris Burgess, curator at the PHM.

The day will run from 9.30am until 5.15pm. Tickets are £25 (concessions £15). Full line up and ticketing information is here. The People’s History Museum’s site is phm.org.uk

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