About

Based in Lancaster, in North West England, I designed posters for cultural events around the UK from 1974 to 2006.  I screen-printed many of these posters by hand.  I also designed book covers, logos, etc.

Occasionally I created prints.  These, and more recent works, can be seen at john-angus.com

I was director of Storey Gallery in Lancaster which showed a contemporary art programme for 20 years, and I currently run StoreyG2, researching landownership history. 

COMMISSIONERS included:

Arts Organisations

North West Arts Board;    Arts Council of England;  The Young Vic Theatre;   

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra;  Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester;    

The Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster;  Ludus Dance Company;   Lancaster Literature Festival;

Welfare State International;    Polka Theatre for Children, London;  

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff;    Crucible Theatre, Sheffield;  Weekend Arts College, London;   

Scottish Ballet;    Theatr Powys; Theatre Foundry;    Red Ladder Theatre;   

M6 Theatre;  Contact Theatre,Manchester;    Leicester Haymarket;

Paines Plough;    Croydon Warehouse;    Edinburgh Filmhouse;

Birmingham Arts Lab;   Arts for Labour;   Arts for Health.

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Publishers

Framework Press – Educational Publishers (all their book and catalogue covers);

Folens;    Polity Press (Blackwells);     Alison and Busby.

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Others

Allerdale Borough Council;  BBC Television;  Blackpool Borough Council; 

Blackpool Community Health Trust; Body and Face Place;   Lancaster City Council; 

Lancaster University; Lancaster Community Health Council;  Lancaster Police; 

Making Connections;  Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester;

Royal College of Midwives;  City and Hackney Health Authority;

North Yorkshire Health Authority;

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

1978 Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster

1979 Preston Polytechnic Library [now University of Central Lancashire]

1980 Derby Hall, Bury

1980 Museum of Lakeland Life, Kendal

1980 Royal Northern College  Music, Manchester

1980 Manchester Libraries tour

1982-87  North West Arts Association [now Arts Council England NW] touring exhibition 

1982 Mid-Pennine Arts, Burnley

1983 TheatreArts Bookshop, New York

1984 Liverpool Playhouse

1998 Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

1998 Looking Well, Bentham, N Yorks

1998 LitFest 20 Years. Sun Street Studios, Lancaster

2015 Theatre Posters. The Dukes, Lancaster

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GROUP

1980  International poster exhibn. Writers’ Week, Listowel, Eire. 

1982  North West Illustrators. Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool 

1990  A Breath of Fresh Air. Brierley Hill Health Centre  and touring 

1991  Design exhibition. Drumcroon Art Centre, Wigan 

1991  Celebratory Arts for Primary Health Care. Gateshead Central Library

1992  Arts for Health. Wellcome Foundation, London 

1993  Time for a change of Heart. Gateshead Health Centre 

1993  Heart posters. Tyneside Metro Rail Link 

1993-97  Hospitals and health centres throughout UK

1993  Arts for Health. British Council, Manchester  and touring 

1995  Heart posters. National Heart Foundation, Australia

1998  Birmingham Arts Lab. Birmingham Art Gallery 

2001 Cheers. Lancaster City Museum 

2011  Was I there? Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University 

2011  The Bruce Lacey Experience. Camden Arts Centre, London

2013  Deaf School: The Art School Dance Goes on Forever. School of Art & Design,  John Moores University, Liverpool 

2017  No Turning Back, Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain.   Migration Museum, London

2019  Art of Music.  King Street Studios, Lancaster

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PUBLIC COLLECTIONS :

Victoria & Albert Museum, London 

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Manchester Metropolitan University

Wellcome Collection, London

People’s History Museum, Manchester

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

The posters are in many private collections, particularly those created for rock and punk gigs in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

BIBLIOGRAPHY includes:

Engineers of the Imagination: Welfare State Handbook  Baz Kershaw     Methuen   1983

The Art of Punk : posters+flyers+fanzines+record sleeves   Russ Bestley & Alex Ogg         Omnibus Press 2012 & 2014

Classic Rock Posters: 60 years of posters, flyers and handbills: 1952–2012  Mick Farren & Dennis Loren     Omnibus Press  2013

Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80   Ed: Jon Savage and Stuart Baker   Soul Jazz Records   2013

Presenting Shakespeare : 1,100 Posters from Around the World  Mirko Ilić & Steven Heller     Princeton Architectural Press, New York    2015

Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980  Rick Poynor &Toby Mott   Phaidon Press   2016

When Rock Went to College :   Legends Live at Lancaster University, 1969–1985     Barry Lucas and Paul Tomlinson     Carnegie   2017 & 2019

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