From Bored Panda: After another cyclist friend was injured by potholes, Wanksy, an artist from Greater Manchester, England, decided to act. He used washable paint to draw penises around potholes in his neighbourhood, and suddenly, they were repaired in 48 hours.
“People will drive over the same pothole and forget about it.
“Suddenly you draw something amusing around it, everyone sees it and it either gets reported or fixed.”
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From the Liverpool Echo: Thousands of copies of a miniature “tribute” newspaper parodying the Daily Mail have been released.
The parody newspaper will be handed out at various locations across Liverpool this week.
Darren Cullen, the man who famously created the Pocket Money Loans installation at Banksy’s Dismaland in 2015, has hand drawn a fun sized version of the UK’s second biggest selling paper.
This will be Darren’s third and final intervention as a commissioned artist for Rapid Response Unit, the experimental newsroom that commissions artists to respond to news and current affairs.
Darren describes his newest piece as “containing all the misogynistic, racist, war-and-fear-mongering you’ve come to love and expect from the Daily Mail” on a miniature scale.
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From Huck: Invisible Britain: Portraits is an upcoming ethnographic photography book featuring people from across the UK who’ve suffered at the hands of austerity politics, cuts to public services, unemployment and de-industrialisation.
The collection of images, edited by Paul Sng and co-curated by Chloe Juno and Laura Dicken, work together to evoke a powerful sense of resistance and stoicism in the face of adversity.
Accompanying each portrait is the story of the subject told in their own words – a detail which Sng saw as vital. “One of the things I wanted to make sure of was that each individual was able to speak for themselves,” he tells Huck. “Myself or the photographer would ask some questions about the state of the country but then also we’d look a bit deeper into their own situation. The main guiding point of it was to show that there is hope out there, and that people that are often very capable of organising on a grassroots level to deal with things that maybe politicians are unable or refuse to get involved in.”
Sng’s 2017 documentary Dispossession: The Great Housing Swindle covers similar ground as it speaks to residents across the UK about the worrying shortage of social housing. But Sng says the idea for Invisible Britain: Portraits came in the run-up to the 2015 general election. He was shooting a documentary following Nottingham band Sleaford Mods on a tour of the UK, visiting some of the most neglected and forgotten pockets of the country. In each location, they spoke to local communities and residents about how austerity had impacted their lives and how, if at all, they could resist these forces.
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Posted by Gail Ward on Monday, May 15, 2017
From Red Pepper: “We are calling for visual artists to help articulate the aspirations of Britain’s progressive majority for a future defined by anti-racism, public investment, freedom and democracy to give a boost to movements for social justice in the UK.”
“We welcome submissions NOW to a gallery of poster designs that will be freely available for campaigns to use under a Creative Commons licence, online and in print. A selection of designs will be published in Red Pepper Magazine, chosen for poster print-runs and featured in a special exhibition.”
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