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Stephen Lawrence Day Posters

During October – December 2018, students in their final year studying BA Graphics and Illustration at De Montfort University learnt letterpress here at Leicester Print Workshop to make posters to celebrate and promote the first national Stephen Lawrence Day, which will be held on 22nd April 2019, commemorating the teenager murdered tragically in a racially motivated attack in South London in 1993.

“The day, from my perspective, is particularly poignant, and should be a day of reflection where it is used to unify people. Yes, there could be thousands of days to honour a thousand other people. I think that this was always a lot bigger than just the brutal and awful murder of a young black boy on the pathway of trying to do something productive with his life. This is about Justice, Eradication of institutional racism, unconscious biases in the echelons of government policing and society at large. Let this day be one where people look inside themselves to see what they can do to make a change in the world and to ensure that issues and problems that we face today, that our children do not face tomorrow.” Stuart Lawrence, Stephen Lawrence’s brother

DMU is proud to be home to The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Archive, supported by his mother Baroness Lawrence, who is today DMU’s Chancellor. The students have used letterpress to respond to this Archive, working to a brief put together by DMU Lecturer Emma Powell, together with Stephen’s brother Stuart Lawrence, entitled Making Positive Change In The World.

The students learned how to use Letterpress with our tutor Sat Kalsi to produce work that visually explores the idea of making positive changes in the world. Students could produce posters that promoted and communicated this idea to one of the following groups: Primary School age children, Secondary School aged children, Sixth Form and Colleges aged students or University aged groups.

The resulting works were presented to a panel of judges at Leicester Print Workshop in January 2019, who selected work to be exhibited at The Print Room, our exhibition space at LCB Depot, from February – May 2019, and awarded two prizes of LPW Full Print Membership to two students. The selected works have also been shared and reviewed by the Stephen Lawrence Trust, who are considering incorporating the ideas shared in these posters into the promotional campaign for the first Stephen Lawrence Day. We are very pleased to be involved with this important and prestigious project.

See the work on show at The Print Room until 4th May 2019.

Stephen Lawrence’s shocking murder and his inspiring legacy have had profound effects on British history and society. Twenty-five years on from Stephen’s tragedy, what we know is that there is still much more to know, and to understand, if we are really to make meaningful changes in attitudes and society.