‘Paddington Printshop produced posters for the burgeoning squatters rights movement, for community resources, and for acts of social and political activism in the center of London in the mid-1970’s for over a decade…. The posters are visually striking examples of silkscreen and stencil printing at its most vibrant.‘
Boo Hooray, New York 2017
We’re proud to present this special show, as we grew out of Paddington Printshop. Like Polish film poster artists – who were an influence – the Paddington Printshop posters were artist-driven. Paradoxically, some of the posters and prints produced by the Printshop have now become collectors’ items.
Unlike many political poster makers of the time, John Phillips, Pippa Smith and the Printshop team engaged directly with different social causes. This freedom meant that the work produced was often more akin to fine art than commercial design, and at times painterly rather than graphic.
Working with everyone – from community groups to local musicians like the Sex Pistols and Joe Strummer – Paddington Printshop grew to develop a special style. Its relationship with the local community extended the impact of socially engaged art in the UK.
We would love for you to join us for the opening party for this special and timely show.
Opening Party: Tuesday 13th February 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Exhibition runs from: Wednesday 14th February – End of April 2018