The Megaphone Showcase: An insight to creative activism, presents artworks and resources created during or inspired by, the 6 week free online programme. The Megaphone programme taught young people the skills and gave them the confidence to find their place in activism, to amplify their voice and create change. This showcase reveals and addresses concerns by young people for young people:
Sing Louder than Hate and Sing Out, Ananya Bhattacharya, Digital collage, 2020
These badges represent various aspects of my activism and creative work, and how they overlap. The idea of making personal badges was inspired by Ian Brownlie’s Performative Activism workshop, which discussed creating one’s own activist symbols. I used a very simple graphic design app, Adobe Spark Post. Each of the badges includes a crossword featuring different forms of structural oppression to demonstrate the intersections between these, and the need to fight against them collectively in order to affect real structural change. The megaphones allude to protest but also tie in with the musical themes, as suggested by the phrase ‘sing out’ rather than ‘speak out’. In the first badge, the megaphone on the left represents the prevalence of various forms of oppression and the platform given to the right to voice hatred and reinforce such oppression. Conversely, the megaphone on the right emerges from the text along the bottom, ‘Sing louder than hate’ to suggest the power of musicians to challenge these oppressive voices from below, standing alongside the marginalised, or as marginalised people themselves. I added in the instruments to enhance this idea of resistance through music, perhaps suggesting a band or an ensemble. As a singer-songwriter and an activist, I’m often inspired by protest music and music with political themes. I wanted to create badges for musicians taking a stand, in the vein of the ‘folk against fascism’ badges and signs I’d sometimes seen on musicians’ guitar cases (this particularly inspired me to include the guitar in there). The badges are a tribute to the long history of musicians taking part in and shaping protest movements and fights for justice over the decades, and a call for this musical resistance to continue.
Untitled, Olivia Horton, Graphic Design, 2020
I wanted to create something simple yet informative, that could be easily understood. Bringing awareness to the impacts that prejudice can have on an individual and just how easy it is to be misinformed, about what prejudice truly is. I myself do not have to suffer. But there are those out there who do. In the modernised world of technology and social media, it is clear that hatred is widespread and can be spread like a disease in a matter of seconds with misjudgement . However despite the hate or retaliation, there are always those you fight to make a change. A change for the better in society. And a change to create unity in such a divided world.
Happy Christmas? Wellbeing Baubles, Ruby Pinner, Ribbon, Thread, Polymer Clay,2020
I created these Christmas decorations based around workshops on craftivism and the use of slogans in performative activism. Throughout Megaphone and in my own creative activism, I’ve been really interested in opening up conversations about mental health; how important it is to talk about what is going on in our heads and to to ask people how they are doing. I wanted to portray the idea that any time is the right time to seek out help and to help others that we feel might be struggling, Christmas time included. This Christmas will be particularly different for everyone and I thought that these would be a good reminder amongst the tinsel, minced pies and madness, to check in with each other! These baubles are made using recycled ribbon, thread and leftover pieces of polymer clay from previous projects, so this was a little bit of creative upcycling too.