Political Poster Collection

Kōtare holds a collection of more than 500 political posters, many from around Aotearoa but some from beyond these shores, covering the issues that have affected our communities for the past 35 years. The collection honours the creative force and passionate energy of those working for justice as embodied in the power, beauty and humour of street poster art.

2011 Exhibition: Art/Movement – Political poster art in Aotearoa


Kōtare’s exhibition of political posters, “Art/Movement”, held from 21 September to 1 October 2011, was a great success.

Highlighting a variety of key themes in the Kōtare collection, the exhibition at the Artstation Toi Tū Gallery featured over 140 posters on Honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi, Anti-racism/anti-apartheid, Unemployed workers’ rights, Feminism, Peace, Environmentalism, and Education.

Exhibition documentary

During the exhibition, filmmakers Hilary Crombie and Charlotte Taylor shot the following award-winning short documentary, If I can’t dance.  

Take a little piece of the exhibition home with you …

Kōtare created a series of 8 postcards featuring a selection of posters from our collection. These cards are also available for sale. Take a look at the cards here.

An original poster was also created to celebrate the exhibition. The work of Ōtautahi/Christchurch artist and author Jared Davidson, this limited edition screenprinted poster was available for sale but sadly has now sold out. The poster can be seen here.


The Kōtare Trustees would like to acknowledge the amazing help and support received from many wonderful people in putting this exhibition together. Among others, we must thank: Claire Dann, Clive Taylor, Jared Davidson, Kathryn Tsui, Layne Waerea, Lothlorien Winery, Philip Kelly, Ryan Bodman. Also a huge thank you to everyone who visited the exhibition, made posters, donated posters, left wonderfully supportive messages, and generally made the exhibition such a great celebration of our history.