Art of Protest: Finalists Exhibition

The People's History Museum (Manchester), Apr - Jun 2013.

  • Type
  • Date
    20 April, 2013
  • End Date
    30 June, 2013
  • Location
    People’s History Museum, Manchester
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Saturday 20th April - sunday june 30th 2013

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NOISE Art Of Protest: Finalists Exhibition  showcases the best submissions to Art of Protest project by over 80 emerging artists worldwide in the historical Engine Room of Manchester's People's History Museum.

Kate Cheesewright - Here Come The Plebs

The final pieces selected by Curator Joshua Blackburn from ethical communications agency Provokateur (Greenpeace, Amnesty...), range from sculpture to crafts; covering a variety of subjects from historical protest such as the miners’ strike of 1984, through to environmental concerns and current political issues; including placards, a quilt, and an anti-aircraft missile launcher constructed of household objects.

For a full list of exhibiting artists see here

These are exhibited alongside some of the original ‘Masters’ work. The exhibition also had space for visitors to display their own protest art alongside that of the established and emerging talent.



Mark Thomas, comedian launched the exhibition at the People’s History Museum on 25th April 2013.
Compiler of ‘The People’s Manifesto’, a collection of alternative political policies submitted via his stand-up shows, Mark says of the ‘Art Of Protest’:

Mark Thomas image“Our lives are shaped by protest: That we can vote, join a trade union and attend A and E are the direct result of campaigning and protest, indeed the fact that most of us can read these words is due to others fighting on our behalf.
In a time of austerity, cuts and scapegoats protest has a more urgent need but it is always worth remembering that protest can be artful, creative and inspiring. It should go against the grain. It should challenge not just authority and power but ourselves too. Dissent is beautiful.
Happy to be a tiny part of this.”




Launched in October 2011 as the NOISE charity’s direct response to the national youth riots in 2011, ‘NOISE Re-Masters- The Art of Protest’ challenged young people to demonstrate their protests through peaceful, creative methods. The brief included ‘Masters’ work of key protest art to inspire participants, including Banksy, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Turner-Prize winner Gillian Wearing, German fine artists Joseph Beuys & Thomas Peiter, musician Billy Bragg, fashion designer Katharine Hamnett's anti-pershing missile T-shirt co-opting Margaret Thatcher, banner artist Ed Hall and UK fine artist Stella Vine.

The non-violent Occupy Wall Street ‘pop-up festival’ protest, inspired by the “Arab Spring”, got as much press as the UK riots. It shows that you don’t have to use violence to get noticed. If all that the next generation of protesters are remembered for is a national, guerrilla supermarket-dash, then they’ve failed. They have to find the means to both capture the media’s attention, yet gain the average voter’s sympathies. Remember Swampy? People loved him. Everyone knows Banksy, parents, teachers etc., even bankers buy his work.

For more information about the NOISE Art of Protest project (it's ethos & beginnings) see here


For further information about the NOISE Art of Protest project and exhibition, or if you are a lovely press person and would like to arrange an interview / quote / images please contact Lucy, NOISE Communications Manager,



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