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Working Class Movement Library’s supporters make it so

Submitted by on March 9, 2012 – 11:37 amNo Comment

Thanks to a storming performance by their loyal supporters, who voted in droves, Salford’s Working Class Movement Library has won a public vote competition to win an artist to appear in an event in May. The Library will now stage a Museums at Night Connect10 event involving photographer Simon Roberts in May.

Simon is an internationally-acclaimed landscape and documentary photographer who spent a year crossing Russia and was Official Artist of the 2010 General Election.

Connect10_logoWCML’s voting pitch was: ‘If we win, Simon will photograph modern dissenters, drawing inspiration from the stories of past campaigns archived in our library’.  And then they set to work trying to galvanise support.  And what backing they had.  The many activists who are Friends of the Library showed themselves to be brilliant at ‘getting the vote out’ and – in an electronic age update of the time-honoured routine of trudging the streets knocking on doors – employed Web sites like this one and a range of social media to encourage people to get online and vote.

The result? The Library grabbed an astonishing, almost North Korean 74% of the vote in a three-way contest. The Library Manager was quoted as saying: ‘We’re so grateful to everyone who voted for us, and encouraged all their friends to vote too.  It’s really touching to know that so many people feel the Library is so important to them that they’ve tried so hard to help us win’.

In an unexpected and slightly surreal twist, the formal announcement penned by the Connect10 team on the Museums at Night Web site talked of a ‘triumph for… the Working Class Movement Library, where organisers thanked their “brilliant supporters” – including revolutionary local football club FC United of Manchester – for securing the one-off services of Simon Roberts’.

The Library has won £500 from the Arts Council-funded Museums at Night scheme to stage the event – more details to follow.

 

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