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Autocollants: the public face of the activist

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Beth Redmond

I have designed a set of autocollants (political stickers, widely used in other countries but not until now in Britain: see here) which will be ready to be sent out with Solidarity on 10 December or by post.

There are seven designs, similar to that of the posters, and will be available for branches to buy for £8 for 40, with a discount for larger orders.

Buy a batch of the new Workers' Liberty autocollants, and get your socialist message out and about!

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William Morris in political context

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Michéal MacEoin

The William Morris exhibition Anarchy & Beauty at the National Portrait Gallery is well worth a visit for anyone interested in Morris, his art, and the late nineteenth-century socialist movement.

The William Morris exhibition Anarchy & Beauty at the National Portrait Gallery is well worth a visit for anyone interested in Morris, his art, and the late nineteenth-century socialist movement.

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The gothic reaction to industrial capitalism

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Luke Hardy

What have Karl Marx, Dracula, a modern robotic production line and St Pancras station got in common? According to Andrew Dixon they all have more then a touch of the gothic about them.

In this three part series, Dixon makes a convincing and fascinating case that the gothic sensibility has become a way of responding to and critiquing industrial capitalism and the urbanism, technology and pollution that comes with it.

A review of The Art of the Gothic, BBC 4.

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Between art and activism

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Luke Neal

As the Labour and Conservative parties staged their annual conferences, an exhibition entitled Politika: Art & the Affairs of the City was staged in a former cotton mill in Ancoats, Manchester.

Curated by the “insurgent art activist” collective Upper Space, 20 artists put on a programme of workshops, speakers and activities “to generate starting points for an answer, another view, in order to to sustain another ideology against consumerism and the disempowerment that it represents”.

A review of Politika: Art & the Affairs of the City, an exhibition staged in a former cotton mill in Ancoats, Manchester.

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Disobedient Objects

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Rachael Barnes

The Disobedient Objects exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, emits a strange atmosphere. It is a curation of works, or “objects” which have contributed to social change, collected over the last three decades.

V&A exhibition of objects which have contributed to social change.

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Art and Anarchy

According to the curators Paul Gravett and John Harris Dunning and artistic director David McKean, the exhibition explores the British Library’s collection of comics and plumbs the depths of private collections, to show the history of British sequential art, as well as its writers and artists. It partially succeeds.

The curators wanted to show the political history of comics, the medium’s ability to subvert, and its role as a medium for analysing class, sexuality and ethnicity, not to mention the many occasions when it has become the subject of political battles.

A review of the Comics Unleashed: Art and Anarchy in the UK exhibition at the British Library.

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"Left-wing cartoons and comics offer unique view of mid-20th century"

In an article originally published by the Labor and Working-Class History Association in the USA, labour historian and expert on socialist and radical cartoons and comic art Paul Buhle reviews Workers' Liberty's new collection of socialist cartoons.

This review was originally published by the Labor and Working-Class History Association, and appears on their website here. To orders copies of the book, click here.

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All that is solid melts into air

Jeremy Deller is a populist artist in the best sense of the word.

His 2012 retrospective was entitled ‘Joy in People’ and his works are often concerned with everyday life and the things people do with their leisure.

A review of ‘All that is solid melts into air’, an exhibition by Jeremy Deller at Manchester Art Gallery and touring.

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