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Labour Party Looks To Street Art For Inspiration

Labour Party Looks To Street Art For Inspiration
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The Labour Party in the UK has cottoned on to the idea of using street artists as a medium for relating to their audience.

Tarik Fontenelle
  • 16 february 2010

Following on from Shepard Fairey’s seminal communist inspired graphics for Obama’s presidential campaign, it seems that the UK has cottoned on to the idea of using street artists as a medium for relating to their audience. Already being described as ‘an innovative election strategy’, Gordon Brown and the Labour party have recently contacted Steve Lazarides – the renown gallery owner and art dealer – about using his artists for their new electoral campaign. With urban artists such as Pure Evil, Antony Gormley and Jeremy Deller all in the frame, this could be one of the most adventurous campaigns Labour have ever committed to, particularly in light of the current political climate and the barriers broken down by the American presidential campaign. Stiff competition in the spray can stakes can however be found closer to home, as the leader of the opposition David Cameron’s recent batch of campaign posters proved a hit with roving street artists and vandalistic political commentators alike

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