A visually stunning retrospective exhibition reflecting Hull’s fight against racism is being held at Wyke in March. The original silkscreen posters, designed by Richard Lees, for Hull Rock Against Racism 1979-82, are being hung on the Learning Street corridor of the Oak building.
“This Is Hull!” presents a body of work in the revolutionary tradition of German Expressionism, Soviet Constructivism and Paris 68 Atelier Populaire. Alongside the screen prints will be a student response entitled “Fifty Protest Songs”, a series of framed images produced by the Wyke A level Graphic Design course.
Hull Rock Against Racism got started in 1979 when community activists, grassroots anti-racist campaigners and musicians came together to promote regular RAR gigs with local bands in the heart of West Hull.
With production runs of around 250 , Richard Lees’ silkscreen posters were fly-posted all over Hull, often in blocks of 4 -8 posters per site, creating a powerful and sustained anti-racist street art presence in the city, just as important as the events they promoted.
The bands and the community centre have gone but the posters are reaching out to new audiences: with six on permanent display at Hull’s Wilberforce House Museum, the whole lot are on a UK tour, to Manchester’s People’s History Museum, London’s Rich Mix, Edinburgh’s Summerhall and now at Wyke Sixth Form College.
Further details of a private view and public access will be available shortly through our Facebook page.