Thurs 2nd – Sat 18th May
Thursdays / Fridays / Saturdays
11.00am – 4.00pm
and by appointment
Admission is free
Crescent Arts looks back affectionately at two years of news posters from Scarborough News. Karen Thompson has collected most of the daily posters which give a vivid snapshot of events and news in Scarborough over this period. The best news posters capture the stories with a striking economy of language, and are meant to be digested in a split second. At their best, they have strong typographic appeal and are highly evocative. A sense of the visual, which parallels the photographic, makes for the most memorable posters. Who could ever forget ‘Elton John to Walk On Water In Scarboro!’?
While some stories may have disappeared from view, others are very much alive and can be instantly revived by the headline. Seagulls, jellyfish and dog-walking on the beach are perennial themes as you might expect in a seaside resort. However, ‘Latest Victim Of Wall of Death’ is more specific and of continuing concern to those who care about the wellbeing of wildlife in an increasingly urban environment. ‘Scarboro Set For Gold Rush’ is perhaps one of the more intriguing news posters of the period, and ‘Sand Cleared From Beach’ seems poetic in its understatement.
“It taps into an unsung area of interest that is paradoxically impact-heavy and disposable as a marketing technique that requires a crossword-mentality ranging from the cryptic to the simple, truncating ideas and concepts and events into a universal distillation.” Ed Asquith, Editor of The Scarborough News
We became interested in the news posters as part of our experiments with writing in our Artist Writes programme and for their potential as remarkably vivid and expressive word pictures. The attempt to condense a story down to four or five words is both challenging and fascinating, and easier said than done.
NEWS POSTER COMPETITION
If you think you can come up with a striking news poster, one that captures the essence of a story and is impossible to ignore, now’s your chance to prove it. We’re inviting you to send in a news poster based on any story or article in Scarborough News published in the editions of 2nd or 9th May 2013. Choose a story and write your news poster. It can be humorous, intriguing, snappy or simple so long as it really captures the story.
There are three simple rules…
News posters must use; Four lines – no more, no less
Maximum seven letters each line (excluding spaces)
All news posters must be sent to Crescent Arts by:
email (subject NEWS): email@example.com
twitter: @crescent_arts or facebook: www.facebook.com/crescent.arts
Before 5pm on Tuesday 14th May.
Judging will take place at Museums at Night on Friday 17th May, 6.00pm – 10.30pm.
Come and find out if your news poster has won! Entries will be judged by Scarborough News and Crescent Arts, and a selection of the best posters will be added to our exhibition. The winner will receive a t-shirt with their poster printed boldly on the front or back. Show off your literary or journalistic talents and be the envy of all your friends.