Banners are key to your trade union campaign providing a gathering point, a strong visual message and a loud and clear voice on the streets. Hand painted banners are iconic and unique, strengthening the lasting, living story of the labor movement and its giants of the past and today.
These featured examples are from banners produced for
UNISON Hull City Branch
UNISON Forth Valley health Branch
DMA and Durham Unite Community membership
UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside
Fire Brigade Union North East
Housing and Care Scotland UNISON
People, politics, places, the past and our future; an original design for your banner is an exciting opportunity for you to engage with the communities and issues of today whilst contributing to a unique visual arts tradition.
Banners featured here:
Pelton Fell Lodge
The co-operative party - Centenary
Housing and Care Scotland
Vane Tempest Lodge
Ox Close Primary School
Quarrington Hill Lodge
When meeting with your banner group we discuss how best to replicate your banner so it will have a strong place in your community. Subtle changes like replacing unknown figures with current community members, children and village scenes might be agreed, or we can replicate the original exactly. We can also design and deliver workshops and school projects to broaden community participation and strengthen your funding bid.
Here, examples include replica banners created for:
Trimdon Colliery Lodge
Pelton Fell Lodge
Burnhope Lodge (The Famous View)
Lanchester, Fen Hall Drift Lodge
Tanfield Lea Lodge
With an extensive history of successfully achieving creative, inclusive and diverse projects for schools Durham Bannermakers can design the perfect banner project to inspire a living memory that lasts for generations.
A basic project can include 3 full days in your school with banner artist Emma Shankland (BA sculpture/installation, MA museum and gallery education, 20 years in schools and communities as artist in residence and workshop leader)
+ Drawing with 4 classes
+ Painting the banner, maximum 16 pupils per day, 4 per session.
+ Banner delivered fully sewn with backing and silk border and lightweight carrying poles.
“Emma and the children have really done a great job at encapsulating the values of St William's. The staff and children are very proud of the banner and we look forward to sharing it with the rest of our community” - Headteacher M Tiplady
Link to Northern Echo article
“It has been a lovely project and it is wonderful to celebrate our heritage in this way. The banner is now in a prominent position in the school hall but it’s also available for the community to use at events.” - Headteacher Kathryn Heatherington
We also offer studio visits and workshops to kick start your project. Contact us to discuss your ideas and desired outcomes.
Whether you're campaigning to keep your community strong or politically inspire young and old alike, a hand painted banner is a gathering point and unique voice in the crowd spreading confidence and messages of unity far and wide.
The Durham Miners’ Gala has survived the closure of every deep mine in the North East and continues to attract thousands of people every second Saturday in July.
Known affectionately as the Big Meeting, it is organised by the Durham Miners’ Association, which began life in Victorian times as the pitmen’s trade union.
The Big Meeting is a reminder that the miners of County Durham and Northumberland produced a large amount of the coal which was the mainstay of Britain’s industries and provided the heating and lighting for millions of homes.
That output, which was fundamental to Britain’s civilisation, was achieved at great cost in terms of life and limb.
Thousands of men and boys died or were injured as the result of their work in the dark seams underground. The Gala can be regarded as a tribute to them.
The beautiful miners’ hymn, Gresford, which was composed by Hebburn pitman Robert Saint in the 1930s, is always played at the event.
In 2017 Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Loach were special guests. Corbyn drew the biggest crowds the event has seen in decades...and the weather was beautiful too!
These fantastic photos were captured on the day by Durham based photographer Steven Landles.
From consultation, research and design - to painting banners is our profession and passion. Here we share our methods, insights and practice built upon 30 years of bannermaking.
Watch this space. Coming soon...