Poster Girls, an exhibition of 150 female graphic designers opens at London Transport Museum

13 October 2017

Summer Sales Quickly Reached, Mary Koop, 1925

Poster Girls – a century of art and design is a new exhibition opening today at the London Transport Museum. With over 150 posters on display, the exhibition spotlights the work of 20th and 21st century female graphic designers, drawing attention to the contribution they have made to the world of design.

The exhibition features some of the leading female artists who have worked for Transport for London with well-known names such as Mabel Lucie Attwell and Enid Marx alongside lesser known individuals and forgotten design heroines. With work that has been produced over the last 100 years featuring artistic styles such as figurative, flat colour, abstract, modernist and collage, the exhibition acts as a timeline of design.

The posters are displayed in a chronological fashion, moving through the decades, revealing how each era influenced the included artists’ stylistic approaches. As well as the exhibition, the London Transport Museum are hosting a range of events, talks and debates including a conversation between textiles design duo Emma Sewell and Harriet Wallace-Jones of Wallace Sewell and broadcaster and author Robert Elms about the inspiration and thinking behind their iconic moquette seating fabric for London’s transport system on 7 November.

The exhibition is opening with a launch night this evening and will remain open until January 2019.


The Hop Gardens of Kent, Dorothy Dix, 1922


From country to the heart of town for shopping, Dora M Batty, 1925


Q.E.D, Margaret Calkin James, 1929


Regents Park Zoo, Arnrid Banniza Johnston, 1930


We Londoners, Dorrit Dekk, 1961


Cup Final, Anna Katrina Zinkeisen, 1934


Come out to play, Rosemary Ellis Clifford Ellis, 1936


Boat Races. Head of the River…, Anne Hickmott, 1959


Winter fun – shopping, Anna Hymas, 2016

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Ruby joined the It’s Nice That team as an editorial assistant in September 2017 after graduating from the Graphic Communication Design course at Central Saint Martins. In April 2018, she became a staff writer and in August 2019, she was made associate editor.

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