SPEAKEASY - :(

DANIEL REED

2 – 8 APRIL, 2021
Number Three in the SpeakEasy series of prints/posters challenging the present world order, presents Daniel Reed's :(

We're currently living through unprecedented times, often feeling helplessness and frustrated, whilst trying our best to collectively put on a brave face. It's a time in which we yearn for support and feedback, but often we’re left in the lurch, without the truth, treated with contempt.

I wanted to highlight such thoughts and provide an opportunity for people to reflect on how individuals have been affected during lockdown and whether they think they have been treated fairly and provided with honest answers. Is it time for forgiveness, or should we unite, stand strong and demand the truth?
- Daniel Reed, 2021





Daniel Reed is a Senior designer at Only and typographer living and working in Manchester. As well as his studio day job, he works on side projects combining passions for photography, music and graphic arts. His practice impetus focuses on visual experiments that are systematic and process driven, a way of recording and organising found images/colours/ sounds from everyday life into a new visual form.




SpeakEasy is a brand new programme of 5 x 1-week exhibitions of digitally printed posters, displayed in the Print Window of AirSpace Gallery, for visual creatives to reflect on and respond to the issues of our day. SpeakEasy comes from a place of protest and an urgency to speak out and be heard. Inspired by the print revolution, which gave platform to voices that were unheard, reaching an audience of the hitherto under (or selectively) informed. Well into the mid‐fifteenth century, books remained printed by hand, and were thus harder to obtain. Exposure to books and their information was predominantly a privilege of the wealthy, that is until Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Gutenberg's invention revolutionised western culture in ways that would help shape and spread political and ideological change, and encourage revolution.

SpeakEasy believes in the power of the artist's voice, in the power of the message and in the power of print.