Posters are powerful. The Glasgow Women's Library collection features a wide variety of posters that were designed to raise awareness of women’s issues at home and internationally, works that promote women in the arts, and campaigning flyers for social and political change. All demonstrate how the poster format has and continues to be important to women, women’s groups and GWL.
In this exhibit, we're taking a look at the wide range of posters produced here in the UK. Many of the posters reflect campaigns and activism from a specific time period but most continue to have contemporary significance, either as documents of social history, works of art or because the issues are still of concern to women today.
Some of the posters in this exhibit have served their purpose; they are no longer functional but can be read now as marking critical moments in the history of feminism, and are documents of social history and works of art.
Most, however, are still as powerful today as they were when they were first printed, illustrating the enduring impact of this relatively simple form of marketing.
This exhibition has been curated, designed and produced by Kirsty McBride. Kirsty is a designer working in Glasgow and was GWL’s first Visual Communication Designer in Residence in 2015/16.