Brixtopia – a nation state of mind

Brixtopia at the Design Museum
Brixtopia at the Design Museum

“Brixtopia” features in the London Design Museum Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18 exhibition that runs until 12 August.

It’s a concept launched by Brixton-based designer Charlie Waterhouse of This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll during the 2016 Brixton Design Trail.

Hope to Nope explores the pivotal role graphic design has played in reacting to major political moments over the past decade.

“Brixtopia is a nation state-of-mind and art happening that creatively explores the possibility of an empathic society,” explains Waterhouse.

“Based on the premise that there is more that unites us that divides us, Brixtopia provides an environment where disparate tribes, interest groups and individuals can gather, discuss, argue, create and inspire.

“The only pre-requisite for membership is an open mind and a desire to improve our communities.”

An 18-point manifesto was launched during 2016’s London Design Festival and Brixtopia has since organised interventions at the V&A and the Tate Modern.

This year’s Brixton Design Trail runs from 15 to 23 September.