THIS IS HULL! Rock Against Racism
UK Poster Tour 2016/17
Ten miles east of England, Hull is sometimes out of step. Hull Rock Against Racism really got going in 1979, a bit after everyone else. We were community activists, grassroots anti-racist campaigners promoting regular RAR gigs by local bands in the heart of west Hull.
My silk-screen poster designs were also a bit out of step - no ripped ransom-note, safety-pinned punk graphics. Instead, images were taken from radical artwork- often expressionist woodcuts or Paris '68 screen prints - and adapted for a new context.
The bands and the community centre are gone, but the posters are reaching out to new audiences: with six on permanent display at Hull's Wilberforce House Museum, the whole lot are going on a UK tour in 2016/17 - to Manchester's People’s History Museum, London's Rich Mix, Edinburgh's Summerhall, and to schools and colleges in Hull, the city of sub-culture - with a clear message: we beat the racists then, we can beat the racists now!