Solidarity was one of the biggest social movements of the 20th century. As the leading political force opposing communism in Poland during the 1980s, it paved the way for a peaceful transition to democracy in 1989. This exhibition explores the role that graphics played in building the movement and sustaining it during the difficult days of government repression and martial law.
  • Date 22 September 2021 - 12.00 p.m. - 8 October 2021 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Location Barn Gallery, St John's College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP

Solidarity exhibition‘Lost Treasures of Revolution’ brings together 25 Solidarity poster designs reproduced from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum alongside a selection of original badges and rarely seen underground stamps that bear witness to the grassroots creative spirit of the movement in the 1980s. The exhibition concludes with a separate display of posters and graphics from current global social movements and community projects important from the perspective of English-speaking countries. These prompt us to consider what graphic design can do in our time to build movements and foster participation and political dialogue.

The exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute London and the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building. Entry is free.

Image credit: Underground postage stamp depicting Solidarity as a five year old. Poland, 1985. Image courtesy of Vipul Sangoi.