Graphics of Punk Exhibition at The Museum of Brands

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This month we were asked to create a PR campaign for a new pop-up exhibition focussing on the rich variety of graphic art that emanated from the punk era, The Graphics of Punk, which recently opened at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London and will run until the January 29, 2017.

The exhibition forms part of a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the punk movement. It will feature record sleeves and posters from the seminal bands of the time, including The Sex Pistols God Save The Queen, designed by Jamie Reid (1977) and the Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle poster designed by M. Hirsh (1979). The exhibition also includes the graphics of The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Damned.

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A number of key underground alternative magazines forms a part of the exhibition, giving an authentic insight into other ways which the graphics of punk were used at the time. The 1970s was a decade full of outrage and agitation.  Both Oz magazine and IT (International Times) were prosecuted for obscenity in 1970, and were found guilty.  Spare Rib took up the cause of women’s liberation and drew widespread criticism from the establishment. The underground press supported causes such as immigration, abortion, squatters and the miners’ struggle. These radical campaigns draw a visual parallel between the political climate of the time and its punk graphics aesthetics.

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The Museum will also be hosting various events themed around typography and fashion, to coincide with the exhibition, including a talk by Sarah Hyndman, author of Why Fonts Matter.

You can read Sarah’s interview with Design Week here. 

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Ditch the Label publish new report into cyberbullying and hate speech online

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International anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label announces findings of a major study of cyberbullying and hate speech online to coincide with anti-bullying week on Monday November 14, 2016.

Ditch the Label has partnered with leading social intelligence company Brandwatch, evaluating 19 million tweets from the US and the UK over the span of four years in order to better understand the current climate of cyberbullying and hate speech online.

The report looks at who is most likely to send abuse, who is most likely to receive it, when people are most likely to experience cyberbullying, topics most likely to precede it and how best to respond to it.

Key findings:

  • Politics is the topic most likely to receive bullying remarks, followed by topics relating to sport and food. 
  • You are most likely to experience cyberbullying on Twitter between 5pm-8pm on a Sunday.
  • Racist language was the most common form of hate speech on Twitter. Of the 19 million tweets analysed according to specific search terms, over 7.7m tweets featured racially insensitive language. Men sent 59% of these.
  • Misogynist tweets were the second most common form of hate speech with 3m of analysed tweets featuring misogynistic comments. 52% of these were sent by women. Tweets about what it means to be a man, homophobia and transphobia also featured largely.
  • Sports fans are over-represented in bullying tweets, as are executives. By contrast, teachers and scientists, as well as those interested in politics and environmental issues, are less likely to participate in online hate speech.
  • Female trolls tended to use insults relating to intelligence (dumb, stupid), appearance (fat, ugly), and derogatory animal terms (bitch, chicken), while males were more likely to use homophobic insults.
  • Responding to people who troll escalates the conflict. Research found that responding to bullying tweets escalated the conflict in 44% of cases, compared with only 3% of positive outcomes.

A full version of the report can be found here. 

 

 

Bullet to work with VisitBrighton

As festival month gets under way in Brighton, we are really pleased to announce we will be partnering with travel PR specialist Oliver Relations to deliver PR for VisitBrighton.

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It’s an incredibly exciting time for the city, with the imminent launch of the British Airways i360 and the redevelopment of Brighton seafront to name just a few of the exciting things to come. Bullet PR is looking forward to working with Oliver Relations to promote the city of Brighton and Hove and develop the travel PR side of our business.

We are also thrilled to be appointed by the Roman Baths in Bath to promote their season of Torchlit Summer Evenings. The Roman Baths are one of the most visited heritage attractions in the UK, with more than 1 million visitors every year. They house a magnificent ancient temple and bathing complex on the site of Britain’s only hot spring.

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It’s been a busy couple of months here at Bullet PR. We have been working on launches for Brighton Museum and Art Gallery’s fantastic new exhibition Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton and Hove’s Artist Open Houses festival – the largest of its kind in the UK -and this week sees the launch of Museums at Night’s May festival, when museums and galleries across the UK will be opening up at night-time with a whole host of exciting events.

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A History of Fashion in A 100 Objects

Bullet PR is pleased to announce they have been appointed by The Fashion Museum, Bath to manage PR for the launch of a major new exhibition called ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’.

 The exhibition celebrates fashion throughout history, from the 1500s to the present day, showcasing 100 star objects drawn from the Fashion Museum’s world-class collection.

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The exhibition will feature garments and fashion accessories that created the look of history or hit the headlines. From a late 1500s ‘blackwork’ embroidered man’s shirt, dating from the time of the Spanish Armada, to a ‘body-con’ Galaxy dress of the early 2000s, a time when the world was facing economic downturn, the exhibition will present iconic and influential garments and accessories spanning five centuries of innovative fashion design.

One of the earliest fashion garments to go on display is an intricately embroidered woman’s jacket worked in coloured silks and glittering metal thread and dating from the time of Shakespeare.

Fast forward over 300 years to another embroidered jacket from 1948, by Paris couturier Lucien Lelong and worn by ‘Gone with the Wind’ star Vivien Leigh.

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Big names of fashion history will feature in the exhibition. Visitors will see gowns by the first fashion designers in history, including the Houses of Worth and Lucile, through to names that are more familiar today, such as Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Raf Simons and Christopher Kane.

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British designer Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon (1863-1935), was one of the first women’s fashion designers, an astute business woman, and also a Titanic survivor. ‘A History of Fashion in 100 Objects’ will feature a Lucile embroidered silk chiffon wedding dress worn by Mabel Chappell on her wedding to Robert Fuller in 1907.

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The exhibition launches on March 19th and runs until January 2018.

 

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Bullet PR is delighted to be working with the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising as it relaunches at a new location in Notting Hill. The new building gives the museum increased exhibition spaces including the revamped Time Tunnel, which reveals the evocative story of the consumer revolution of the twentieth century.

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The museum provides a fascinating insight into how everyday lives have changed over the past 200 years through the evolution of consumer brands. Remember Lyon’s individual fruit pies? Spangles? Watney’s Party Seven? The new look museum will display over 14,000 items of daily life spanning 150 years of British consumer culture.

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Through exhibits showcasing historic and contemporary household packaging, toys, magazines, newspapers, technology, travel, fashion and design, a fascinating picture emerges, creating a visually stimulating and thought-provoking experience. For many, the museum will be an emotional and nostalgic reunion with their past.

The Museum will reopen to the public over the Easter Weekend 25-28th March, 2016, with a whole range of entertaining and engaging activities, including talks, crafts and trails, for all the family.

Ditch the Label: The Gender Report

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At the end of January 2016, anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label released The Gender Report, which looked into the impact gender stereotypes have on young people and how those stereotypes affect them within relationships, education and the workplace.

Over 2,400 young people between the ages of 13-25 from 7 key international countries were surveyed. The report has uncovered some shocking findings, including:

  • 35% of teenage girls believe that their gender will have a negative effect on their career prospects versus 4% of boys;
  • 44% of respondents (57% male, 55% female, trans 21%) have been treated unfairly for not conforming to gender stereotypes;
  • 67% of respondents (66% male, 65% female and 83% trans) believe that they do not conform to the stereotypes attached to their gender.

Bullet PR arranged press coverage for the report including interviews with Ditch the Label CEO Liam Hackett by Sky News and BBC News, a piece on Buzzfeed and an infographic on page 2 of the Independent:

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London’s Royal Docks: Forgotten Stories

At the end of 2015, Bullet PR launched London’s Royal Docks Forgotten Stories heritage project, a new online history archive recalling the Forgotten Stories of the characters and events that shaped the Royal Docks of London’s East End.

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We put out a call in the local London press (including TV and radio) asking for people who lived and worked around the docks to tell us their stories. Dozens came forward with their funny, poignant and always fascinating tales of life in and around the Royal Docks. We filmed those people telling their stories in their own words, creating a historical record of this unique area of London now on the brink of a major redevelopment.

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A group of men on a ‘beano’ to the south coast.

Twenty-eight Forgotten Stories have now been documented. They tell the honest, amusing and often shocking tales of a life of genuine hardship, which until now have remained untold. The films are available to view at the Forgotten Stories archive.

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With praise from the BBC’s Huw Edwards, the Forgotten Stories project reflects the influence the heritage of the area will have on the exciting future of the Royal Docks.

Watch the trailer for the project below.