Reverting to Type 2020: Protest poster exhibition
Exhibition: December 2020 – February 2021
Standpoint Gallery presented Reverting to type 2020, an exhibition of contemporary letterpress protest posters curated by New North Press.
To accompany the physical exhibition the website revertingtotype.com continues, showcasing the artworks and allowing visitors to curate their own protest wall and share it on social media.
New North Press held an exhibition of artwork with something to say – posters sounding a warning signal about the global climate crisis, railing against fake news and surveillance capitalism, calling out racism, sexism and fighting for equal opportunities and, of course, reacting to the coronavirus pandemic.
Featuring the work of 100 letterpress artists from 16 countries, including mæstros Alan Kitching, Erik Spiekermann and Anthony Burrill, the exhibition was a visual riot, giving voice to all that was worth protesting in 2020.
New North Press also produced collaborative posters with others known for their activism, such as photomontage artist Peter Kennard, graphic designer Malcolm Garrett, Turner Prize-nominee Mark Titchner, fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, comedian Stewart Lee and Extinction Rebellion Art Group. These prints were displayed alongside those of asylum-seekers, adults with learning disabilities and young people with downgraded exam results, also invited to make posters.
Letterpress has long been a medium of dissent. Printing technology may have surpassed it in terms of speed but at the core of this centuries-old practice the ingredients to communicate ideas and give power to thoughts remains strong.
Curated by Richard Ardagh and Graham Bignell of New North Press to mark 10 years since their seminal Reverting to Type exhibition, 2020’s show included progressive work from letterpress studios globally, with prints from established artists alongside that specially-invited collaborators.
Established in 1986, New North Press is an artisan letterpress print studio known for its combination of traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design ideas.
Press release download (PDF size: 457KB)
Contains material some visitors may find offensive.