Martin Firrell
Safety at Work
2019
The
Miners' Federation of Great Britain
began representing the interests of British mine workers in 1889 (changing its name to the
National Union of Mineworkers
in 1944).

The union banner of the
Gedling Colliery
branch in Nottinghamshire declared: 'From darkness into light, socialism, safety at work, unity is strength, nationalisation, five-day week, family allowances.' 

This contemporary artwork re-states some of those ideas as a reminder that it was
Friendly Societies
and the trade union movement that first made work safer, reduced working hours, and paved the way for the National Health Service. 

'Safety at Work' is part of socialart.work, a mass public art project by public artist
Martin Firrell
calling for greater social justice.

It aims to create debate about power and gender, women's equality and masculinity, alternative forms of economic and social organisation, black power, and solidarity between people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

It includes posters, publications and events supported in 2018-19 by the artist's residency with leading Out of Home media company
Clear Channel UK.
Part Of
socialart.work
Medium
Digital billboard
Displayed
UK, July 2019
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Residency
Artist in Residence, Clear Channel UK
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