Collectivism and the art of postermaking
An exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Don’t Be Too Polite: Posters and activism, features works by printmaking collectives Redletter Community Workshop Inc. (1977-1991), Another Planet Posters (1985-1991) and Red Planet Inc. (1992-2001) spanning from the early eighties to the mid-nineties.
Dianna Wells has two of her posters from her time as a printmaker at Another Planet Posters in the 1980s.
The prints reflect community engagement and concerns for the socio-political and changing economic environment of the late twentieth century. Producing timely and significant works in response to nuclear testing, shifting social norms, a growing awareness of the environment, immigration and economic and social rights, many of which, are still relevant today.
A panel discussion was held on 21 January with Convenor: Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings, NGA and exhibiting artists: Carole Wilson, Dianna Wells, Nicholas Mau, Wendy Black and Julie Sheils. Over 100 people attended.
The exhibition continues until 19 March 2017.