To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, that allowed gay and bisexual men to have sexual relations without being automatically criminalised, artist Martin Firell has created six new works that will be displayed on digital billboards around the UK.
For the next month the Remember 1967 billboards will display the messages that were developed with the support of human rights and justice campaigner Peter Tatchell. Each design in the series refers to the demands made by activists in the 1960’s and are produced in black and white to reflect the monochrome appearance of TV and newspapers of the time. The headlines are set in Universe Extra Black Extended that was released in 1957 and was popular throughout the 1960s.
“No other human rights movement has seen so much progress in the space of 50 years. That is to be celebrated. And the activism that made that possible should be acknowledged,” says Martin. :But there is always more to be done. How we think about gender now will liberate – or blight – people’s lives for the next 50 years.”
Martin’s work uses text in public space to promote debate. His previous artworks have engaged with the peace movement, the women’s movement, LGBT+ rights, black history, and the progressive principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.
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