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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:27 pm    Post subject: GLAD TIDINGS OF STRUGGLE AND STRIFE Reply with quote




The leaflet has some examples of what is on display in the exhibition but the website does not ... and I was over in Newport yesterday - and I missed the opening event today because of being hours on the phone ... I'm sure that when the great day to celebrate arrives I'll miss it because I will be too busy talking you know ... well, no - I barely ever get a word in edgeways actually, which is probably why I write ... but she says that she hates texting ... ANY HOW : ANYBODY GOT THE TIME AND FANCY FOR CREATING XMAS CARDS, SELLING ECARDS FOR THE CAUSE ... etc ? I haven't ...

The basis of the exhibitions is interesting :

Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife:
A history of protest Christmas cards
27 October 2012 – January 12 2013

A fascinating exhibition which tells the story of social, industrial and political struggle both in the UK and internationally through a unique collection of ‘protest’ Christmas cards. The collection, built up over many years by ex-Labour MP for Blaenau Gwent, Llew Smith and his late wife Pam, dates back as far as 1840 and includes items from most of the subsequent major social and political protests, both British and international including; women’s suffrage; the anti nuclear/peace movement; anti-apartheid; Spanish civil war; poll tax; the 1984 miners strike; labour disputes; equality; human rights – right up to the issues of today, such as anti-globalisation, stop the war, and Uncut. The cards themselves range from mass produced, party political or trades union messages to small limited print runs by, for example, individual activists, strikers support groups or single issue/community protesters. Through the collection the exhibition explores some of the familiar, ongoing struggles of ordinary people for social justice, human, civil and equal rights. Many of the cards are as relevant and poignant today as when they were first produced.

The exhibition will also feature Through Disobedience We Progress – a collection of newly commissioned radical Christmas card designs which compliment Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife. The designs reflect the spirit of Llew and Pam Smith’s collection and feature work by fourteen contemporary artists and designers including: Jamie Reid, Artspark, Brian Jones, Jon Langford, Maurice Burns, Louise Carey, Terry Sandhu, David J Morris, David Mayer, David Mabb, Chris Partridge, Robert Rubbish, Jac Saorsa and Steve Smith

AND ... you can buy the book ! - http://www.booktopia.com.au/glad-tidings-of-struggle-and-strife-llew-smith/prod9781781551851.html

AND ... there is another launch event - http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/glad-tidings-of-struggle-and-strife-book-launch/

NICE PIECE OF WRITING ABOUT IT - http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/glad-tidings-of-struggle-and-strife-a-history-of-protest-christmas-cards-starts-27-october-newport
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