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About the exhibition
Brighton has a rich history as a contested political space. Exploring the Argus archives, curators of the Brighton Photo Biennial 2012 (BPB12) have worked with Argus photojournalists to select compelling images from more than 40 years of local protests.
Displayed around the city and in what is now known as Brighton's cultural quarter, in partnership with The Basement, the selection teases out recurrent concerns for residents and visitors to the city through pictures of CND marches, student sit-ins, opposition to fascist demonstrations, protests against tax avoidance and resistance to cuts to education funding.
Here, we have collated all the images together and are inviting you to not only browse them, but also to add your memories of the protests in question.
MapClick on the image below for a map showing the location of all the protests featured in the pictures.
About the photographers
Sadly, some of the photographs from our archive are missing details, including the photographer in a few cases.
However, many of them were taken by Argus chief photographer, Simon Dack, who has been working for the paper since 1982, and who selected the images for the exhibition.
He said: "It makes sense to put them back on the streets rather than on gallery walls.
"There will be light boxes in Jubilee Square with the pictures and posters showing arguments about local issues – from Smash EDO protests to the building of The Amex stadium at Falmer – on display in various locations."
Argus chief photographer Simon Dack covering a protest in September 2009. Picture by photovirgin (Les Thomson) from Flickr.
About the Brighton Photo Biennial 2012Click here for an article about the 2012 Biennial.
Your protest voice
We want you to add your recollections of these demonstrations. Please leave a comment if you remember the protest, or can fill in any of the gaps as to what was going on.
We would also love to publish any pictures or videos you have of these protests. You can use any of these methods:
5:04pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012
Arts cuts student protest, 1991.
Students occupy the Brighton University gallery in Grand Parade as part of the Stop the Cuts student protest. December 2011.
4:53pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012
National Association of Local Government Officers protest outside Brighton Town Hall, 1991.
Student sit in at the University of Sussex against education cuts. 1988
4:45pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012
Snowy student march across The Level, Brighton, 1986.
4:37pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012
More than a thousand students march through Brighton, stage sit down protests and break into council buildings in protest against the proposed cutbacks in education funding. November 24, 2010.
4:29pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012
UK Uncut protesters at Topshop, Western Road, Brighton invade the store and superglue themselves to the windows. October 2011.
4:24pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012
University of Sussex Vice Chancellor Alasdair Smith walks through a crowd of students to attend a meeting about the future of the chemistry department and 45 job academic job losses. March 2006.
Students occupy Mithras House, part of Brighton University, in 1991
Peace protests in Brighton at the Clocktower and St Peter's Church, 1991