Work by Britain’s leading political artist Cold War Steve has gone on public display in The Larder in Preston city centre.Advertisement
The display is believed to be one of the first art exhibitions in the country to open since lockdown.
You, Me & Cold War Steve is on display in the windows of the Lancaster Road café for a month, allowing safe socially distanced viewing from the street.
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The exhibition is part of a national multi-venue program which was originally organised by the artist for April but all events were cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown.
Under the pseudonym Cold War Steve, artist Christopher Spencer has built an international reputation for his satirical artworks, which he began publishing on Twitter in 2016.
His artworks, often featuring images of political leaders alongside Cilla Black, Noel Edmonds and EastEnders actor Steve McFadden, have been featured in publications around the world and even graced the cover of TIME magazine last June.
His work has also been featured heavily in The Guardian and The Big Issue.
In December last year, one of his pre-election images featuring Boris Johnson was set in Preston Bus Station’s former café.
The installation coincides with The Larder’s launch of takeaway food and drinks, which begins on Monday 13 July.
While the social enterprise cafe has been closed to the public during lockdown, staff have carried on working voluntarily, delivering essential meals to Preston’s most vulnerable people.
You, Me & Cold War Steve – The International Exhibition of the People, is exhibiting at dozens of venues across the country simultaneously. It has been organised by local events promoter Garry Cook.
Cook said: “It was hugely disappointing to have to cancel the original exhibition, which was intended to be inside The Larder.
“But now we’re coming out of lockdown we’ve decided to go ahead with the exhibition – but this time producing massive prints of the work and putting them in the window so they can be seen by anyone at any time of day.
“This is possibly the first exhibition in the UK to launch since lockdown and it’s in Preston. There were already groups of people stopping to look at it while we were hanging the images. People love Cold War Steve’s work.
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“Cold War Steve is the most iconic artist working in Britain today. His work, which is so simple yet cuttingly satirical, appeals to so many people and I’m delighted to bring the exhibition to Preston.
“Cold War Steve’s work relates to real people and I know he is delighted to have it exhibited in a venue like The Larder in a city like Preston, which is home to the kind of people and ideals that the artist stands for.
“These images will give you huge enjoyment, they will make you laugh and you will be staring at them for much longer than you ever thought you would stare at a photograph.”
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