The Animated Punk Poster School Challenge

Thursday 30th June 2016 and Friday 1st July 2016 – The Animated Punk Poster School Challenge

As Rock Against Racism is such a fantastic movement that which promotes racial equality through punk and reggae music, it feels crucial that the younger generation of Bradford should be able to connect with the movement in order to get a better idea of how it has influenced society today. One way of doing that is through the power of creativity!

To get the creativity flowing, the gallery invited some schools over to participate in ‘The Animated Punk Poster School Challenge’ and the main aim of this workshop is to show the pupils what it was like back in the 70s in the UK, what it was like to be a graphic designer in the 70s and how racism had become normalized. But instead of simply preaching the message to the pupils, they were given the task of creating their own Rock Against Racism posters, to create posters that reflected on the different meanings of Rock Against Racism and to also reflect on what they have learnt during the workshop.
But wait, there’s more! They’re also able to make a really cool Rock Against Racism photo collage that was brought to life with the help of stop motion animation. The pupils were really thrilled to see their work come alive on the projector screen, I know I’d be thrilled if I were in their shoes.

I was able to help out with two workshops involving Hanson Academy and the Holy Family Catholic School from Keighley and it was really great to see them get into the ‘Rock ‘n’ roll’ spirit. It was also good to see how some of the pupils were already aware about the impact of racism and how it can become mixed up with politics in having an affect on the public. I could see some of these pupils becoming future politicians with how passionate they are about racial equality.

Some of the posters made had some powerful messages and in a way it’s reassuring to know that this is how the younger generation feel about racism. It’s definitely not easy to make a meaningful poster from pieces of newspaper, postcards and magazines.

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