Conversation Pieces from the Museum of Unrest
Posters from West London Housing Campaigns
Working at Paddington Printshop in the 1970s and 80s John designed many posters with and for tenants and squatting organisations. Also featured is a poster design in the immediate aftermath of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, in which 72 people lost their lives.
Featured in this exhibition are posters supporting the Walterton and Elgin Action Group’s campaign against Westminster City Council’s plan to privatise their estate in order to increase local owner occupation and thereby increase the number of conservative voters. The campaign culminated in the Public Auditor’s findings that the Council had spent £25 million of public money in attempted gerrymandering. Because the council undertook no repairs of the 1000 properties during the six year struggle, the housing association formed by the tenants (Walterton and Elgin Community Homes) took ownership of the entire estate at no cost plus a bonus payment of £16 million from the Council to assist refurbishment.
John co-founded and worked at Paddington Printshop West London (1975-89), was Director of London Print Workshop/londonprintstudio1989-2021, and is currently Director of lps21 and the Museum of Unrest. He has a PhD from the University of Brighton
His work is held in a number of public collections including Victoria & Albert Museum, the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, and Rhode Island School of Design Museum.