Pocket Money Loans
Darren Cullen’s Pocket Money Loans playfully explored the insidious nature of advertising and growing entrapment by debt. Offering quick, cheap loans to kids aged 3+ at only 5000% APR, Pocket Money Loans’ new mobile outing took the opportunity to lend directly to customers on the streets of Newcastle. “Whatever you need it for, Pocket Money Loans allows you to live beyond your means!”
Artist Bio: Darren Cullen (b.1983,UK) is a satirical artist and illustrator based in South London. His best known work includes a payday loan shop for kids called Pocket Money Loans, the anti-army recruitment comic Join the Army, and a series of short films called Action Man: Battlefield Casualties, starring Matt Berry – a collaboration with the director Price James and Veterans for Peace UK about child recruitment in the British army.
His work has been on display at Dismaland, SXSW, Glastonbury and Roskilde festivals as well as the permanent collection at the V&A Museum.
Hidden Civil War was a month long programme of events and exhibitions across Newcastle upon Tyne that exposed, collated and presented evidence of a Hidden Civil War in Britain today. Hidden Civil War, a collaborative project, commissioned by The NewBridge Project and developed in partnership with East St Arts, Hands on Film Lab, Metal, Paper Rhino, Mark Donne, Taryn Edmonds, Chris Erskine, Julia Heslop, Beth Ramsay, Julie Tomlin, Vicky Ward and Aisha Zia. Hidden Civil War was delivered with the support of partner venues; Cobalt Studios, Tyne Theatre, Summerhill Bowling Club and The Cumberland Arms. Accompanying publication, The Precariat is produced by Paper Rhino.