Poster Girls
A century of art and design
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This powerful exhibition shines a spotlight on 20th and 21st century female graphic designers and reveals the contribution they have made to poster design over the last one hundred years. With over 150 posters and original artworks on display, this exhibition recognises some of these forgotten design heroines and reveals the hidden stories behind their work.

Poster Girls – a century of art and design features some of the leading female artists who have worked for London Transport and Transport for London including well-known designers, such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight, Enid Marx and Zandra Rhodes, alongside lesser known women who nonetheless changed the way Londoners viewed their city. The works on display show a dazzling spectrum of artistic styles and mediums; modernist, figurative, flat colour, boldly patterned, abstract, collage and oil.

Starting in the early 1900s the exhibition takes a broadly chronological approach, moving through the decades to contemporary times, unearthing how each era influenced the artists’ stylistic approach and highlighting the role played by London Transport in commissioning female talent.

Exhibition closes Sunday 13 January 2019.

Join our experienced volunteers on a guided tour of this exhibition Poster Girls. Tours are drop in, and are scheduled for Monday afternoons at 14:00 and 15:30 and last around 45 minutes. The meeting point for all tours is at the Information Desk on Level 1.  Please check on or before your arrival that a tour is scheduled.

Please note that these tours are aimed at an adult audience, however children are welcome. Tours are included in your admission cost.

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The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019: London Stories

Opening 8 February 2019

Across the ages, London has produced and inspired countless stories. Fictitious or real characters and events in this amazing city have always held a fascination, from the anecdotal urban myth to grand tales of historic legend – from the everyday to the curious, and from the past to the present. The aim of the Poster Prize for Illustration competition 2019 is to attract artwork for display that is colourful, inspiring and celebrates the vibrant, multi-layered city that is London.

The exhibition will display 100 illustrations chosen from a competition and chosen by an independent panel of judges.

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Artists are invited to visually capture a familiar or lesser-known narrative in a single image. All stories, current or historical, real or fictional which feature this amazing city are welcome – your imagination is the limit. Stories could be those seen in a film or play, heard in poetry or music, or read in literature. They may be family anecdotes, or an impression of your daily observations. Your visual story could be inspired by London’s history or contemporary city living. What stories does London have to tell?

Artists that impress the jury with their illustrated interpretation of a London story are in with a chance of having their work displayed at the famous London Transport Museum and winning the top prize.

The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries selected by a panel of judges will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will run from February to Summer 2019. The winners will be announced at an event during the exhibition opening week.

London Stories is organised by the Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators (AOI)

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