DIY Protest PLAKAT | James Ashe
CCA Youth Collective invites you to our call to action, to celebrate Workers’ Rights & Social Justice Week:
– Take part in our at-home workshop by downloading our Instructable ‘DIY Protest Placard from Isolation’ by artist James Ashe – available from this page to download as a PDF, click here.
– Share a slogan, poem, image on your placard to support Key Workers rights, social justice and issues that affect you.
– Take part in the protest on 1 May 2020, 6pm and you can share pictures of your placards with us by tagging @CCADLD on social media and using hashtags #ccadld #workersrights #whatsonds
James works within the themes of LGBT rights, reproductive rights, the legacy of the Troubles in the post-ceasefire generation, mental health, architecture, and built heritage. For Plakat, James used his own custom typeface he made in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement back in 1968 in our city.
CCA is also hosting a social media takeover by artist James Ashe. From Friday 1 May 2020 at 10am, James will be taking over our Instagram and Twitter pages to introduce his practice and the research behind his upcoming project about mental health and the arts called Honest Portraits. This project is in response to an article by the BBC in 2018 stating “Depression is 3 times more likely in the creative industries” in Northern Ireland. James’ project aims to open conversations and cover themes including imposter syndrome, overworking, lack of opportunities, money, uncertainty, self-gratification and recognition.
You will be able to see Honest Portraits later in the year with the University of Atypical for the iDA award open to disabled and deaf artists throughout NI, and is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the National Lottery Heritage Fund and James will be also designing an Edition for CCA in the coming months.
From Monday 27 April 2020 until Saturday 2 May 2020, Derry Trades Union Council (DTUC) with support from Derry City & Strabane District Council and partners will present an online programme of events, talks and discussions which reflect current and historical Workers Rights & Social Justice campaigns in the local, national and international contexts.
The online programme will culminate in a day of mass action from homes and workplaces on Friday 1st of May where people can show their solidarity with frontline workers. Many of the workers now described as ‘key’ and ‘essential’ earn poverty pay, have seen their terms and conditions eroded and have been forced to strike for basic rights. Many Frontline workers face PPE shortages and dangerous conditions at work.