Posters of Protest and Revolution

A new exhibition at London's William Morris Gallery displays seventy posters of political protest, selected from the national poster collection

Walthamstow's William Morris Gallery - London's only public museum devoted to the hugely influential late Victorian designer and writer - is playing host to A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, a touring exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum. The William Morris Gallery will be the last institution on the tour, and the only one within London.

The exhibition gathers together around seventy works from the V&A's national poster collection, each of which was used for the purpose of protest. From early 20th century suffragettes and revolutionary Russia to Paris 1968 and the Arab Spring, the international selection reveals the intersection of graphic design and political struggle. It also highlights how making a poster can itself become an act of protest.

The exhibition features work by Peter Kennard, one of Britain's most prominent creators of protest art. According to Kennard, housing the show in Morris' former residence fittingly connects Morris' concern for anti-elitist cultural production. "“The posters," said Kennard, "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 exhibition will also feature campaign artwork work created over the past few years by the local community.