Poster parade

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London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton, West London, is throwing open its doors from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 April for visitors to explore its world-renowned collection of posters – and visitors can even design their own!

Guests can step behind the scenes of the Museum’s art and poster stores – usually closed to the public – as expert guides reveal how poster design has characterised London and its transport for over 100 years. The oldest exhibits date from around 1905.

The depot is a trove of transport treasure houses more than 320,000 artefacts, including more than 30,000 posters. These posters feature memorable advertisements by leading artists and designers, including Abram Games, Dora M Batty, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Dame Laura Knight, Hans Unger and Man Ray. Artistic influences featured in the collection range from cubism and constructivism to futurism and surrealism.

On the Thursday and Friday, adult visitors can join artist Emma Hockley to design their own poster art inspired by the Capital using different artistic techniques and mixed media. Saturday and Sunday will see budding artists able to enjoy creative art sessions and make their own poster. There will also be a series of talks and lectures.

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