The group was first formed in 1971 when a group of artists, photographers and filmmakers came together at the Slade School of Art to produce posters in response to the Miner's Strike and the wars in Vietnam and Ireland. The Collective was soon supplemented with other artists with left-wing, anti-imperialist and socialist sympathies from St Martin's, Hornsey, the Royal College of Art and other art colleges. It had a global outlook and its members included people from Chile, Holland, Africa, USA, Ireland, Brazil and Argentina. The group was voluntary and worked on a non-profit basis. It produced individual and handmade posters for causes such as the struggle for women's liberation, and posters against colonialism in Africa and against racism, often in collaboration with other organisations. In addition it made three history sets of educational posters, each set consisting of twelve posters, these were: 'Whose World is the World', a history of colonialism; 'Between Future and Past' (1983), a history of women's struggle for equality in the west; and 'Future Fictions', a historical view of technology. The group also put on exhibitions and produced films.