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
ASLEF National Banner
RMT Newcastle Rail and Catering Branch
UNISON North Lanarksire, Kirklees UNISON,
Barnsley Miners' Wives - Mother Jones, UNISON Hull City Branch
UNISON Forth Valley health Branch, GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire
UNISON University of Huddersfield Branch, UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside, DMA and Durham Unite Community Membership
FBU North East Region, Akzo Nobel, UNISON Housing and Care Scotland
Hartlepool TUC, Hartlepool 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:
Durham Miners’ Association
ASLEF National Banner
Live The Dream and I was a Hare and as a Hare I Ran designed by Jamie Holman
Kibblesworth lodge, UNISON North Lanarksire, Burnhope Lodge, Sherburn Collieries, Barnsley Miners' Wives - Mother Jones
Berwick-Upon-Tweed / PROCESSIONS 2018
Kent Area - Snowdown Branch, Pelton Fell Lodge, Sacriston Lodge
Kirklees UNISON, Haswell Lodge, Boldon Lodge
The Co-operative Party - Centenary, Usworth Lodge
Housing and Care Scotland, St Hilda (Design by Bob Olley)
Vane Tempest Lodge, Hull UNISON, Easington Lodge
Quarrington Hill Lodge, Ox Close Primary School, Blackhall Lodge
When meeting with your banner group we'll discuss how best to replicate your banner so it continues to have a strong place in your community for future generations. You might wish to consider small changes like replacing unknown people and places with current community members, children and village scenes 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:
Blackhall Lodge, Horden Lodge, Kibblesworth Lodge, Original horse from Trimdon Colliery Lodge fragment and newly painted Trimdon Colliery Lodge horse and full banner
Pelton Fell Lodge, Haswell Lodge, Sherburn Collieries , Wingate Lodge
Burnhope and Fenhall Drift Lodge, Tanfield Lea Lodge, Usworth Lodge
Communist Party of Great Britain, Thrislington Lodge, Trimdon Grange Lodge, New Brancepeth Lodge, Burnhope Lodge
With over thirty years experience successfully delivering creative, inclusive and diverse projects for schools, Durham Bannermakers can design the perfect banner project to inspire your students for generations to come.
Working with banner artist Emma Shankland (BA sculpture/installation, MA museum and gallery education), a typical banner project can include up to 140 students. We also offer studio visits for smaller groups and workshops to kick start your project. See some images of our latest projects below.
Contact Emma to discuss your ideas on:
Tel: 0795 137 9520
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.
From consultation to research and design, funding assistance and community engagement projects, our profession and passion is banners. We're continuously inspired by their unique ability to galvanise present and future generations to follow in the footsteps of those giants who've walked before us. Bannermaking is one of the most unique artforms with roots spreading far and wide in our visual political history.
Artist, activist and campaigner Lotte Shankland started painting banners with communities and groups over 40 years ago. She and Hugh Shankland painted their first banner for the Durham Coalfields in the 1990's and the business of bannerpainting is continued by daughter Emma and son-in-law Edgar who took over the business in 2012. Edgar originally trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, Albania, and continued his studies alongside Emma at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. Emma also has a Masters of Art Museum and Gallery Education from Newcastle University and has worked in schools as artist in residence and workshop leader in the UK and Canada since 1997.
Alongside studio projects Edgar and Emma both exhibit independently. Emma’s work can currently be viewed at Conway Hall in London. https://conwayhall.org.uk/event/moving-on/
For 135 years Miners’ Gala has roared, sang, inspired and mobilised thousands of people to act. There’s no other event to compare it with, to see it is to understand it, to talk about it can never do it justice. Amidst a unique blend of art, music and politics is a call to remember the achievements of the past while educating and organising to create a better future for all.
This year we were incredibly honoured to be asked to make the 150th anniversary banner for the Durham Miners’ Association that also recognised the essential involvement of the MARRAS in growing and securing the future of Miners’ Gala.
As part of Durham Bannermakers continued commitment to these ideals we worked alongside Women’s Banner Group to develop an education programme titled ‘Let Them Be Heard’ which encouraged 150 primary aged pupils to talk about ways to better our communities, welfare system and environment. The project ended a week before Miners’ Gala at Redhills, Durham with a series of workshops with the Workers’ Educational Association on mining life, the role of the Durham Miners’ Association and the creation of a large scale artwork from traditional proggy mats. A downloadable version of the workshop will be available from September 2019 from Women's Banner Group
See you July 11th 2020 for the 136th Miners’ Gala!