On a cold October day we headed over the Pennines to Brierfield Mill to the Banner Culture Exhibition, organised as art of the British Textile Biennial. Although the theme wasn’t specifically focused on migration, we felt that the combination of arts and activism would highlight particular messages and techniques which resonated with some of our aims.
“This spectacular exhibition takes over the majestic space of Brierfield Mill presenting 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.“
The cavernous setting of the old mill allowed for a large-scale cacophony of colour and fabric, showcasing banners from a range of different causes and protests, including the Durham Miners, the Greenham women, Hillsborough and the AIDS crisis.