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Dreadnoughts (They Shall Never Pass) (2010)

Ruth Ewan

letter-press poster

The McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum

© the artist. Courtesy the artist and Rob Tufnell





Paper, Ink


59.5 x 42 cm


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2012

Ownership history:

Purchased from the Rob Tufnell Gallery, London by the Contemporary Art Society, 12 July 2012; presented to The McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, 2012/13
Nae Sums 1911, 2011 from the artist’s first major solo show in the UK, Brank & Heckle, is an imagined slogan cut from reclaimed Dundee school desks. It refers to the 1911 school strike when young people across the UK refused to go to school, provoked by the caning of a pupil in Wales. Striking pupils in Dundee made clear demands, such as the need for a half day holiday and less homework. The strike was short-lived, and after a week the children returned to their desks.

The woodblock, letterpress prints were produced following her Dreadnoughts project at the Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2010. They take slogans or ideas from political ideologies in east London from the 1830s to the 1980s. The issues are still relevant today and through her work, the artist brings them back into the public conscience. Referencing the 1936 Battle of Cable Street, London in which protesters prevented a fascist march led by Oswald Mosely.

Dundee Art Galleries and Museums’ fine art collection is diverse and wide-ranging with historic oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture, and new media and is renowned as the first collection of fine art photography in Scotland. Recent acquisitions for the collection include work by Catherine Yass, Graham Fagan and John Stezaker.

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