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Corbynmania: Social media and Jeremy Corbyn

To coincide with Hope to Nope, this talk explores the role of social media, gifs and memes, in the rise of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

What to expect

Explore the role of online culture and graphic design in the rise of the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn.

60 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds voted for Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Labour Party in 2015. Support from this age group has been partly credited to the visibility that Corbyn had online and on social media.

Many argue that The Labour Party’s success in the last general election was down to the campaign’s ability to engage younger audiences in ways that previous elections had failed to do. In the run-up to the UK’s 2017 General Election, Corbyn became the subject of many youth-oriented memes, GIFS, ‘Jeremoji’s’ as well as posters and bootleg T-Shirts.

To coincide with the Design Museum exhibition Hope to Nope: Graphics and politics 2008-18, writer Huw Lemmey, graphic designer Michael Oswell and writer and broadcaster Ash Sarkar discuss the ways in which social media has fuelled Corbynmania.

This event is part of the Speakers' Corner series delivered in partnership with Zed Books.

Image credit | Michael Oswell

Image credit | Michael Oswell

Image credit | Michael Oswell

Booking information

Adult: £12
Student/Concession: £8
Members: £9


Huw Lemmey

Huw Lemmey is a writer and publisher. He writes on culture, politics and sexuality, and is the author of a novel, Chubz.

Michael Oswell

Michael Oswell is an independent graphic designer. His work falls between fact and fiction, and he is ready to business with you. His series, Ibiza Mykonos Jeremy Corbyn (Political Posters), was nominated for Beazley Designs of the Year 2017.


Ash Sarkar

Ash Sarkar is a writer, broadcaster, journalist and lecturer living in London. She is a Senior Editor at Novara Media, where her work focuses on race, gender, class and power. She lectures in Global Politics at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge, and teaches a Masters in Film, Graphic Design and Propaganda at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.

Related exhibition

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18

Discover how graphic design has played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments of our times.

Zed publishes across a wide range of topics, with writers from across the planet featuring in its line up. It is best know for publishing the work of marginalised individuals and groups, many of them originating in the Global South, others from oppressed elements of ‘Western’ society.

Background image: Michael Oswell