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STIR IT UP | An exhibition of Paddington Printshop Posters 1974-1990

UPCOMING in September at Londonprintstudio as part of London Design Fesitval is an exhibition of Paddington Printshop Posters [1974-1990] 

This show features work by one of the first and most acclaimed print studios active in 1970's and 80's London, in an area famed for its rich cultural mix. Founded in 1974 by John Phillips and Pippa Smith, Paddington Printshop produced some of the most vibrant activist posters of the time. Working from a small studio, the artists made posters with local musicians, community organisations, housing campaigners, and anyone who cared to drop by.

As unemployed artists, they were members of a mixed and bohemian community in a rundown area. Poor housing, poverty, racial confrontation and harsh policing were experienced locally and the Printshop teams worked to produce art and design from within the community. This was an attractive position for young artists at the time - some were rebelling against the commodification of art. Without patronage, secure arts funding and powerful clients, there was freedom to produce work often more akin to fine art than commercial design, and at times painterly rather than graphic.

The exhibition will run from 5th - 28th September

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