Extinction Rebellion designs to be displayed at V&A

The exhibition opens today at the V&A

Friday, July 26, 2019

Artwork from the global climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion will be part of a new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

It will include flags carried during the mass demonstrations, the first printed pamphlet issued by the protesters outlining its 'Declaration of Rebellion' and a digital file detailing their design programme.

Extinction Rebellion made its first public protest on October 31, 2018 in London, where it urged the government to declare a climate and ecological emergency and commit to reducing emissions.

It is now an international movement with more than 360 groups across 59 countries.

The items in the collection were donated by the graphic designers, artists and activists from the group, which shut down the streets of London and other major cities earlier this year.

Visitors will also be able to see six brightly coloured slogans such as 'Tell the Truth', 'Rebel for Life' and 'Beyond Politics'.

Senior curator of design and digital at the V&A said the campaign's “punchy colours, woodblock prints and carefully worded slogans available for download empower members of the public".

“Extinction Rebellion have galvanised public concern for the planet, and their design approach stands in relation to earlier protest movements such as the Suffragettes.”

The exhibition opens at the V&A today.

A child’s high-vis jacket worn during an Extinction Rebellion protest will also be shown at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green from August 9 in a six month free exhibition.

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