On the 27th February thousands will descend on London to protest against government plans to spend over £100 billion on replacing Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system.
Placard designs have defined movements for more than a century of protest. Placards, and the slogans they carry, attempt to distill political ambitions into simple and clear messages. That’s why good designs are remembered, why they help change opinion, build support in the general population, and put political pressure on the government to change course.
Peter Kennard: “It’s vital that we create images for the streets that represent the global struggle against the madness of nuclear weapons. One humble handmade placard voicing the need for nuclear disarmament can have more power than a thousand corporate billboards trying to sell us what we don’t need.”
Placard design competition
To tie in with the Stop Trident national demo, CND is pleased to announce the Stop Trident placard design competition in association with artist Peter Kennard.
This is an exciting opportunity for you to play an important role in the Stop Trident campaign and help make our demand clear: we don’t want Trident and we don’t want a new Trident.
We invite budding artists of all ages to submit their striking designs. The selected design will be turned into a placard and distributed along with CND’s own design on the day of the demonstration. In the press coverage of the demo, your placard might feature in photos and TV footage of the event. Your design will also be displayed in promotions on social media and the CND web site ahead of the demo. We are also working with our demo partners to put on an exhibition of the shortlisted designs – more details on that soon.
Designs will be shortlisted and the design that CND will turn into placards will be selected by Peter Kennard, the designer of the iconic 1980s broken missile graphic (see above) which is part of the Tate collection.
For your design to be considered, we ask that you follow this simple specification.
- Must convey the Stop Trident message
- Dimensions: A2 landscape or portrait
- The rest is up to you. We welcome your creativity!
The deadline for submissions is 11 February 2016.
Please submit digital artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your artwork is on paper or card you will need to scan your artwork. Unfortunately we cannot accept hard copies at the CND office.
About Peter Kennard
Peter Kennard is a London-based artist, recently described by The Guardian as “a living hero of pacifist photomontage”. He is senior tutor in photography at the Royal College of Art and his work is in many major collections, including Tate, the V&A and the Imperial War Museum. His work has been published in numerous publications including The Guardian, The Observer, Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Scotsman, New Statesman and Time Magazine.
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