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Temporary Hoarding and RAR Graphics

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Trongate 103 Foyer
11 February - 26 March

To augment the exhibition Rock Against Racism by Syd Shelton, a display of enlarged covers of the magazine Temporary Hoarding is on in Trongate 103 and various posters and album artwork. 'Shelton was one of the key graphic designers who created the Rock Against Racism fanzine Temporary Hoarding, as well as posters to promote events, which were all done in the punk style of the time. “The graphics, which were done collectively, were very much led by the technology of the time,” he says. “Offset litho had replaced letterpress, which was as liberating to designers as Apple Macs were to be a decade later. Our work was influenced by the Constructivists and montage favourites like John Heartfield. Our tools were the photocopier, the photomechanical transfer camera and a very Heath Robinson American Headlining Machine. Putting together Temporary Hoarding almost always involved at least one all-night session, sometimes with people dropping into the studio with a few beers or to put their two bobs worth into the artwork.' Creative Review, June 2016. p.p1

Fragments of RAR Scotland

Also in the foyer is a display of material related to Scottish RAR events and activities, which are also mirrored in a table display in Street Level's exhibition. The material is drawn from collections of various individuals involved in cultural and activist anti-racist work in the late 1970's and early 1980's. 

The show includes rare photographs and graphics from the RAR Edinburgh Carnival in Craigmillar in 1978, and various other memorabilia and photographic remnants from the time.

Material in the foyer and on table display supplied or lent by: Dave Rushton, Paul Robertson, Syd Shelton, Harry Papadopoulos/Street Level Photoworks, Aldo Framingo, John Frew, Colin McNeill, Ken McCluskey.