A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution


21 NOVEMBER 2015 – 17 JANUARY 2016
A V&A touring exhibition

This exhibition looks at a century of posters agitating for political change, drawn from the V&A collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest and featuring the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives.

This exhitibion looks at over a century of posters agitating for political change. From the Suffragette campaign for the vote to the ongoing crisis in Syria, activists have used posters as a powerful means to mobilise, educate and organise. Making and displaying a poster is in itself a political, even sometimes a dangerous act. For many social and political movements poster production continues to be an important form of cultural output.

These posters represent many varied causes and have been produced under many different conditions. They include the work of print collectives, celebrated artists and graphic designers and anonymous poster-makers. Together they demonstrate how different graphic strategies and visual vocabularies of protest emerge and evolve. Some visualise the destruction of the old order, others present a utopian vision of the future. There are posters that scream resistance while others are images of empowerment.


A series of talks and lectures will accompany this exhibition, including brand new commissions by Nottingham-based artist Jake Kent and print collective Dizzy Ink who have responded to the themes of the exhibition.


Image Credit: There’s a Credit Crunch, Not a Creative Crunch, Aida Wild, 2011, London ,Museum no. E.256-2014, Screenprint ,Given by Catherine Flood © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Aida Wild

‘A World to Win’ Talks & Lectures Programme

Saturday 5 December 2015, 2-3pm
Political posters of the Occupy protest wave.
Noel Douglas,
Occupy Movement.

During the first wave of Occupy, an international activity of the Occupy Wall Street movement that protests against social and economic inequality around the world, Noel Douglas co-founded Occupy Design with other UK designers to mirror the work being done in the USA. This talk will look at the political posters of the Occupy protest wave, and how they reflect upon the social and political crisis of our times.

Noel is an artist, designer and activist working in (and with) social and political movement for the past 20 years. Working across all media he is interested in how people use Signs in social and political struggles. He is currently Cluster Leader for Graphic Arts at the University of Bedfordshire.


Saturday 19 December 2015, 2-3pm
The art of protest – from Hogarth to Punch
Richard Gaunt, Associate Professor in Modern History at the University of Nottingham and Curator of Rebellion at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.

In this illustrated talk, Richard Gaunt, Curator of Rebellion at Nottingham Castle, considers how graphic satirists visualised the labouring poor from the mid 18th century onwards, charting how caricaturists reacted to the increasingly restive and protesting nature of the “revolutionary crowd”.



Saturday 9 January 2016, 2-3pm
See Red Women’s Workshop :
Prue Stevenson and Suzy Mackie.

See Red Women’s Workshop was founded in 1973 to support the ideas of the burgeoning Women’s Liberation movement and community-based activism. They were a woman-only silkscreen printing collective that designed posters from our personal experiences as women, about the oppression of housework, childcare, sexuality and status. They wanted to combat negative images of women in advertising and the media, challenging the universal assumption – on the left as well as the right – that childcare and domestic work was unimportant and only ‘women’s work’. Their posters also highlighted women’s international oppression and supported their struggles for freedom.



Saturday 16 January 2016, 2-3pm
Catherine Flood, Prints Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum

Curator of A World to Win, Catherine was also co-curator of the V&A’s recent exhibition Disobedient Objects and co-editor of the accompanying publication. She is a Prints Curator specialising in posters, graphics and popular print culture. Her other recent publications include British Posters: Advertising, Art and Activism (V&A Publishing, 2012) and Style and Satire: fashion in print 1777-1927 (V&A 2014). She has curated a number of exhibitions on themes of political posters and nineteenth-century prints and society. She chairs the UK’s Subject Specialist Network for posters. Catherine will explain the V&A print collection in more detail, as well as giving a more in-depth look at A World to Win.