Spreading the Word: AIDS Posters from Around the World

An exhibition of AIDS awareness posters at the New Walk Museum, Leicester

15th July 2011 to 28th August 2011

Credit: Wellcome Library, London.July 2011 marked 30 years since the identification of a disease that went on to become the most serious epidemic in history: AIDS. It is also 20 years since the introduction of the red ribbon as a symbol of AIDS awareness. This exhibition was organised in recognition of these anniversaries.

The twenty-four posters from five continents were drawn from the holdings of the Wellcome Library, London, and chosen to show the various ways in which international health organisations have used visual art to inform the public about HIV and AIDS, which now affects more than 34 million people worldwide.

The exhibition was curated by Dr Sarah Graham, School of English, University of Leicester.

New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

A comments book was available at the exhibition. Here are some of the visitors' responses to the posters:

  • "What a great way of raising awareness of HIV/AIDS. The posters are inspiring and interesting".
  • "It is really great and very moving".
  • "This exhibition really brought home the importance of education in HIV issues".
  • "Very interesting. I haven't seen anything similar elsewhere".
  • "Shows people not to be embarrassed by this sort of thing - love the posters".
  • "Good insight into how perception of HIV/AIDS has changed over the years".
  • "Inspiring! I have no doubt this exhibition saved someone's life".
  • "Despite my ancient age I learnt a great deal".
  • "My 8 year old daughter saw a true film and asked me what is AIDS? I couldn't think of what to say, but after seeing this exhibition she knows all about it and it will stay in her memory".

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