If It's Empty Take It

Poster
1974 (published)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Martin Walker and Bernadette Brittain were the main contributors to the Red Dragon Print Collective, one of a number of poster workshops operating in the 1970s that encouraged the British population at large to take a more active role in the control of its own future, not least at a local level. With changes in legislation concerning renting and letting, various rises in property prices and the behaviour of some landlords, housing became a serious social issue in the 1970s. 'Squatting', or the invasive occupation of empty property by homeless people, as urged by this poster, was one consequence.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour screenprint
Brief Description
Poster by the Red Dragon Print Collective urging people to squat unoccupied buildings. Great Britain, ca. 1974.
Physical Description
Portrait format poster. Yellow ground against which peachy coloured flat fronted building with regular pattern of 3 doors with windows, could be three terraced houses. The centre one with lighted windows, the two flanking it boarded up. On the skyline against the chimneys three grey figures: head and shoulders of a man with - on two flanking sides, a grey high-rise growing out of the head. The word 'REJECT' is stamped over the two boarded-up houses and the central 'grey man'. Caption below.
Dimensions
  • Height: 765mm
  • Width: 510mm
Style
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by the Red Dragon Print Collective
Subjects depicted
Summary
Martin Walker and Bernadette Brittain were the main contributors to the Red Dragon Print Collective, one of a number of poster workshops operating in the 1970s that encouraged the British population at large to take a more active role in the control of its own future, not least at a local level. With changes in legislation concerning renting and letting, various rises in property prices and the behaviour of some landlords, housing became a serious social issue in the 1970s. 'Squatting', or the invasive occupation of empty property by homeless people, as urged by this poster, was one consequence.
Collection
Accession Number
E.527-1975

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record createdMarch 12, 2003
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