Taking Liberties
Visual Arts

The artist Jamie Reid is an iconoclast, anarchist, punk, hippie, trouble-making rebel and romantic.

Infamously and eternally connected with the Sex Pistols and the DIY ethic of punk, Jamie Reid’s image-making has equally, over the decades, been at the centre of activist movements.

Taking Liberties! features posters, banners, drawings and collages designed with the express purpose of viscerally grabbing the public’s attention, increasing awareness of campaigns for social justice from the 1970s to today – against the Poll Tax, English heritage and colonialism, Clause 28 and the Criminal Justice Bill and promoting the work of Pussy Riot, Occupy London and Extinction Rebellion.

Taking Liberties! is a rare opportunity to see some of Jamie Reid’s original works that not only established an entire counter-cultural visual aesthetic for the late 20th Century but also continues to be central to protest movements today.