The Joke’s On Us! participatory art exhibition

The Mill is launching an exciting new art participatory exhibition, The Joke’s On Us! on Thursday 11th April. The exhibition is part of the Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019. It features work from the Government Art Collection, and it could showcase your finest joke…


Display your joke next to a famous artwork

We are asking residents and people from anywhere in the world to tell us their best joke in any language, whether that be an old family favourite, a traditional knock-knock or cutting edge humour worthy of a stand-up routine.

As long as the joke isn’t offensive, it will be displayed alongside prestigious artwork from the Government Art Collection in the The Joke’s On Us! show between Thursday 11 April –Saturday 25 May. Come and see it at the exhibition launch on 11th April!

We put the Borough of Culture ‘through The Mill’

The Joke’s On Us! is an exciting addition to the Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019. The exhibition has been inspired by the artwork Joke Stack created by contemporary British artist Peter Liversidge. Joke Stack is owned by the Government Art Collection. They are lending it to The Mill for the duration of The Joke’s On Us! show.

Liversidge is an artist preoccupied with humour. To create Joke Stack he wrote letters to famous comedians asking for their favourite jokes. He then screen-printed and framed twelve replies. We will show these during The Joke’s on Us! exhibition, alongside the same jokes printed and piled in stacks of coloured paper. As well as contributing your jokes, visitors can also take home one of the famous jokes printed on the coloured paper. Fancy your own piece of art at home? Or making the biggest paper aeroplane ever?

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Get involved!

  • Send The Mill your jokes on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #TheJokesOnUs. You can email your jokes to If you are at The Mill, you can post them in the Jokebox. You can even mail them to 7-11 Coppermill Ln, Walthamstow, London E17 7HA.

  • Come to the launch of the exhibition on the 11th April! or attend any of the dates between 11 April-25 May (usual Mill opening hours apply).

  • Watch out for joke-telling workshops we are running. We will post more information on The Mill’s events page.

Who’s joke will get the most laughs?

Find out more

The exhibition is curated by SRG Bennett, an artist and policy-maker who is part of The Mill's Art Works team. Contact him via this website’s contact page or on twitter.