RECLAIMING PUBLIC SPACE
ARTISTS PAINTING LIVE AND FULL PROGRAMME COMING SOON
2022 Poster by Lours
This year's nonconformist inspiration is the incredible Jamaican-born, London-raised community activist and British Black Panther, Olive Morris, in a poster designed and depicted by the female street art trailblazer @real_lours (also co-founder of female street art collective @womcollective).
Morris' short life but amazing achievements in fighting for community spaces and human rights also inspired this year's theme: Reclaiming Public Space. Like street artists who lay claim to public space to share artwork and express themselves, Morris claimed housing as a human right, advocating squatting if nothing else were affordable. She also co-founded the Brixton Black Women's Group, and established public educational spaces for Black children. For us, the theme means celebrating our rights to public place and space, to gather, speak, express - and to peacefully protest. It means a return to spending more time in our public spaces together, something we are regaining and appreciating after the pandemic years. Through the street party, we want to come together and recognise our need for connection to other human and non-human beings through the power of creative action.