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Austerity WTF!

What?

A student project.
This is a call for work on an anti-austerity theme.
Austerity policies are destroying the social fabric of the UK.
Austerity is a political choice, not a necessity as claimed by the government.
While there has been a number of demonstrations, campaigns and protests we feel a lot of the
effects of austerity are hidden from view or seen in isolation from each other.
We are calling for graphic work to create a howl of protest about what austerity
has done and demand it end, we want investment in our collective futures not cuts.

Format?

We are calling for work in poster format that shows the effects or
expresses the opinions of those whose life has been affected by austerity.
This could be our most vunerable citizens, the old, the frail, the disabled, the poor.
It could be our services, the NHS, Schools, Social Care and those who work in them.
It could be about how we live, the housing crisis or jobs, food banks, zero hours contracts and stagnating wages.
Or it could be those to blame, the Banks and a system that only cares about profits not people.
Whatever angle you choose, be imaginative, be bold and use your or other’s voices to take a stand.

The poster format can be thought of as either or both physical paper or digital,
for walls in the urban space or social media walls,
we are looking for imaginative responses to the format as well as content.
Paper based format “6 sheet” 1800 x 1200mm
Digital size specfic to use i.e. facebook/instagram/twitter etc.

When?

By end of June 2018.

Send final designs via WeTransfer to:
info@occupydesign.org.uk

If you would like someone from the Occupy Design collective to come to
your school to introduce the project we’d also be more
than happy to come see you.

Research Links

“The squeeze on public finances since 2010 is linked to nearly 120,000 excess deaths in England,
with the over 60s and care home residents bearing the brunt, reveals the first study of its kind,
published in the online journal” BMJ Open.

https://fullfact.org/health/austerity-120000-unnecessary-deaths/

‘30,000 excess deaths in 2015 linked to cuts in health and social care’
http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-02-20-30000-excess-deaths-2015-linked-cuts-health-and-social-care

Anti-austerity in the UK
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-austerity_movement_in_the_United_Kingdom

Keep Our NHS Public
https://keepournhspublic.com/

Facts of NHS spending
https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/nhs-myth-busters

Disabled People Against Cuts
https://dpac.uk.net/

We Own It
https://weownit.org.uk/

The True Cost of Austerity
http://www.poverty.ac.uk/editorial/true-cost-austerity

The True Cost of Austerity Oxfam Report
https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cs-true-cost-austerity-inequality-uk-120913-en.pdf

The price of Austerity – TUC report
https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/ThePriceofAusterity.pdf

The Trussel Trust-Food Banks
http://www.thetrusselltrust.org

Cost of Banking Crisis – National Audit Office
https://www.nao.org.uk/highlights/taxpayer-support-for-uk-banks-faqs/