The above illustration is something I made to accompany the Arts Emergency manifesto a few months ago. It's Josie Long's quote. On the subject of Arts Emergency - I highly recommend going over there and signing up to help out if you can (and/or donating!).
After the election results a few weeks back, and seeing all the outpouring of disappointment on social media, I wanted to create something that was positive and used all that anger and frustration and energy and funnelled it into something optimistic. Here's the result - a mailing list for artists to sign up to which pairs them up with charities/NGOs/protest groups who need artwork:
"The next five years are going to be hard.
The conservative government are going to do their best to further dismantle the welfare state and introduce policies that benefit the rich over the rest of us.
But while the right-wing media may be excellent at fear-mongering, we’re pretty certain the left have all the good artists. It’s time to prove it.
If you’re an artist who wants to be involved in helping fight back…
If you’re a party/union/charity/NGO/protest group/demo/organisation/etc. that’s in need of a design/illustrations/logos/any artwork at all…
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the full brief, deadline, and if you have a budget available.
Wherever possible, artists should be paid for their work. However, if you have no budget and no-one else involved is being paid, let us know. Some artists may be okay with voluntarily work if the campaign/issue is important to them and they have time in their schedule.
We’ll send out a newsletter with new jobs every week (or when they come in) so artists can offer to take on the work if they’re available and interested.
An example: Let’s say the FBU are organising a strike in the light of another fire station being closed down. They’re worried the press will try to turn public opinion against the strike so they’d like a poster or comic that succinctly summarises their grievances and aims of the strike. They’re open to ideas on how that could be done and have a small budget for the artist. They email all this to the email above and we add it to the list of possible jobs in a newsletter. That then gets delivered to all the artists who sign up. Anyone interested in the job can get in touch with the FBU directly via an email address provided."
Follow the Artists Fight Back tumblr to see what sort of work comes out of this. Fingers crossed people take advantage of the goodwill of all the artists who have signed up so far...