Seeing Red

Posters of Protest and Dissent

This year, the UK celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women over the age of 30 the right to vote. Though suffrage was extended to all women over the age of 21 in 1928, the struggle for equality on a number of social and cultural counts continues.

This Micro Museum exhibition displays posters made by See Red Women’s Workshop, a silk screening collective founded in London 1974 in response to the Women’s Liberation Movement of the time. With minimal means, See Red set out to make consciousness-raising posters which contested sexist stereotyping and encouraged women to recognise their personal experiences as deeply politicized.

V&A Museum In A Box

Seeing Red: Posters of Protest and Dissent has been organised by the V&A
in collaboration with Museum in a Box. With thanks to Suzy Mackie
and Pru Stevenson, See Red Women’s Workshop.

Sound by Cultivaters.
Exhibition design by Sara De Bondt
and Michael Marriott.

Alone We Are Powerless Together We Are Strong, 1976
Protest, 1973
Sisters! Question Every Aspect Of Our Lives, 1977

Events & Activities

In the audio recordings accompanying this exhibition, founding members of See Red Women’s Workshop recall the motivations behind their posters, as well as the processes of their design and production.

Throughout June, the Micro Museum will work with young people at Langdon Park School to explore See Red’s experiences. Pupils will record their own perspectives for the exhibition and produce screenprinted posters about equality today.

See Red members at Iliffe Yard, London, c. 1980 (photograph by Angela Phillips)