'School's Out' is a collaborative exhibition project between Leigh Clarke + Tim Hutchinson Design. The first show is taking place at the Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space gallery in Margate. It will be a celebration of posters designed and produced in Art Schools form the 1950s onwards.
Leigh Clarke and Tim Hutchinson have been gradually collecting art school posters, over their careers as students and now teachers in art schools. They have an ever-growing archive of over 400 posters, with examples going back as far as the 1950s.
Amateur, hand-printed and lo-fi, produced quickly, in small runs, to broadcast immediate concerns and rally the student body; these posters have a small and specific intended audience – they assume a shared institutional understanding – they advertise gigs, lectures, exhibitions, protests, performances, jobs. In an era before social media they were the primary method of mass communication – pinned to the noticeboard in the canteen and the union bar, fly-posted around campus.
In order to collate this unwieldy haul, Leigh and Tim have photographed the posters in a perfunctory manner, although they remain uncategorised and uncatalogued. For the summer installation at Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space, the photographs are reproduced as colour prints, onto a range of different paper stocks, to retain the sense of variety that exists with the originals. All the images have been worked on in post-production software to restore their formats, orientation and shape. The collection is re-processed as a cohesive whole, presenting a singular, immediate experience for the viewer; this is not an archival exhibition but a wall of art school voices.
Until 25th August 2018
Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space Studio 1
School's Out: A celebration of Art School Posters
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