Banner Culture – moving hearts and minds

There are only two days left to see this amazing exhibition. We are open Sat 2/Sun 3 November – 12-4pm each day. The feedback for the exhibition has been extremely positive, and the universal message from visitors is ‘DON’T MISS IT’.

This spectacular exhibition, in the majestic space of Brierfield Mill, has a myriad of stunning, textile artefacts. It takes in banner making in all its forms, from the dignified, traditional processional to impromptu DIY messages of dissent. Crowdsourced from heritage collections, campaign groups, artists and communities, it presents a kaleidoscopic view of a century of protest, belief and identity.

Key events are recalled that shaped our times: CND campaigns, the Miners’ Strike, Greenham Common, and perennial struggles with inequality.

Some outstanding banner artists contribute: Durham Bannermakers, who keep vibrantly alive the traditions of the miners’ groups; Thalia Campbell, whose work captured the unbreakable resolve of Greenham women; Ed Hall, celebrated for his collaborations with Jeremy Deller; and Peter Carney, who made heartbreaking memorials for the 96 who were killed at Hillsborough.

Artichoke’s Processions project, for the centenary of women’s suffrage, contributes a wonderful body of work, and the Peace Museum in Bradford have shared a precious collection that brings so much recent history to life.

See Banner Culture, and go away inspired, or angry, or both!

Details of the venue can be found HERE. Download a listing of the banners included HERE. 

Banner Culture is created as part of our Pendle Radicals project in partnership with Super Slow Way and the British Textile Biennial.