The Start of Something: Radical Print

As part of Leicester Art Week‘s 2017 programme, with support from The Start of Something, Leicester Print Workshop and the Poly-T​echnic, joined forces to create Radical Print, a poster ​screenprinting ​day for artists. Part of You Me We, an ever-growing mobile protest poster workshop and archive developed and kept by the Poly-Technic [aka Kate Genever and Steve Pool], the event offered an opportunity for artists to come together​, discuss​ and make work about how they were feeling.

The workshop, together with its traveling exhibition, aims to encourage those involved to explore the questions around What is it to protest? Led by the Poly-Technic the sessions include thinking, talking, making, sharing. The archive holds examples of all screen-prints hand-made by people who had something to say. The archive is available as part of all activities. Kate and Steve said of holding the workshop:

“Steve and I really liked working in Leicester and are glad we have continued to grow a new partnership. We also felt that the support from CVAN EM really did support some good conversations and generated some paid work for the two technicians –  we also hope, through participating in the workshop, that new people found their way to LPW and to screenprinting. We were also happy to be part of Leicester Art Week and hope the rest of that goes well.”

Participants commented on the workshop:

  • I’ve never been to LPW before
  • It’s quite liberating – just discussing together, debating, creating work, cutting and then printing for printing’s sake
  • Wonderful workshop ! 🙂
  • More time to make several designs would be great
  • A cathartic way of releasing blocked creativity and releasing frustrations and realising there is hope in the shadows
  • A most excellent workshop
  • More time would be fantastic as the process was fabulous
  • Interesting discussion and good to develop new processes and ideas – like that the work is archived
  • Great stuff. Stuff i will use in my activism – art + activism = satisfaction
  • Surprisingly intimate and thought provoking
  • Thank you so much i loved it
  • Its important to get things out – I’ve got lots of things people have said in prejudice and this is a good way to say them out loud

Find out more about the Polytechnic and You Me We and see more photographs from the workshop.


Radical Print was supported through CVAN EM’s project The Start of Something.

The Start of Something is a project which, through conversation, seeks to bring people in the East Midlands together to explore a common goal, share experience and work collaboratively, ultimately to make things happen. Proposals for new conversations are invited at any time and CVAN EM will consider how it might support a conversation to take place to benefit the widest community and make the greatest difference within the region. Let us know if you would like to propose a topic.

Find out more about The Start of Something and the conversations that we have supported to date.