The event hosted students from universities and colleges across the country. Including locally MMU school of arts and Bolton college among a few.
The event was coordinated by Joanne Greenhalgh, a Level 5 coordinator in Graphic Design at Salford University and Malcolm Garrett the festival director at Design MCR. Garrett regarded how ”you can become part of Extinction Rebellion, they make a point that this is not a DIY movement but it’s a do it together movement” the purpose of the event, to encourage inclusivity and engagement from the students on arts and media courses across the country to use their creative skills to circulate the movement.
Lectures took place this morning as well as a range of workshops, such as poster making and creative writing which tested students’ creativity. Representatives from Shangri-la Glastonbury were also present at the event, constructing a structure; alongside students from design courses, where all the artwork created during the day will be displayed for the foreseeable future.
The poster workshop allowed students to create with @paris68redux an activist group in their own right, who take inspiration from the 1968 Paris rebellion and “re-present” the artwork used. All artwork created from the event is produced on news-style paper so it is environmentally friendly.
Michael Collins and Dominic Mcgill the founders of Paris68 recognise how notable their style is using bright colours to help the art be distinguished when pasted on the streets.
Within extinction rebellion, Paris68 role is to propagate the message of the organisation. Using images like the “skull which is one of XR’s images, they have about 40 images, which are used for posters or flyers which we enlarge. Obviously, the skull is about the fact that we are about to go extinct, the hourglass the same thing being time running out.”
Co-founder of extinction rebellion arts group, Clive Russell was present at the event he discussed why he got involved in the movement “ I have 2 children. I was shocked to understand the depth of the problem that we’re facing and totally appalled. For me to then not do anything about it would be really shit. Would be a dereliction of duty. From that point onwards we began to get evermore active in things that affected society“
He expressed the benefits of “using design as a tool for social change” and expressing environmental issues through art makes it permanent and requires minimal skill that means anyone can take part; finishing on “openness. That’s really important. Inclusivity is a massive part of XR.”