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 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:
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:
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 a thirty year history of 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.
“ Northern Heartlands is so proud to have these stunning banners represent its engagement programme with school children in Willington as part of the Man Engine's only visit to County Durham. The banners produced are of the highest quality and clearly reflect a creative process that has engaged young people in thinking about their sense of place. It has been a pleasure to work with Emma, and Northern Heartlands would be delighted to work with Durham Bannermakers again.” - Tariq Imam, Community Facilitator , Northern Heartlands
“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, St William’s Primary School Trimdon
“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, Cockfield Primary
We also offer studio visits and workshops to kick start your project. Contact us to discuss your ideas and desired outcomes.
Below are examples of some of our more recent projects including banners, murals and interactive 3D banners.
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 our studio projects we're currently working with a group of women in Berwick-upon-Tweed as part of 'PROCESSIONS', a National mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.
The 134th Miners’ Gala roared, sang and inspired over 200 thousand family members, global comrades and annual Durham crowds. This year’s Big Meeting heralded a change to the racecourse, bringing a main stage and amplified sound giving voice and visuals to the brilliant line up of speakers like Emily Thornberry, Matt Wrack, Frances O’Grady and Jeremy Corbyn alongside video well wishers and activists such as Bernie Sanders and the Free Öcalan campaign. The whole event was given a rocking send off by activist, singer - songwriter Billy Bragg.
The week was a feast of thought, commentary and new beginnings such as the influence of Women’s Banner Group ensuring the vital recognition of women and their support to our communities through strife and better times, and the recognition of 100 years of suffrage. Also the People, Pits and Politics Festival and Education for Action bringing new visitors and speakers to Durham and Redhills.
There is no other event like it on earth, to see it is to understand it, to talk about it can’t do it justice. Make sure you mark your calendar for July 13th 2019 when we see the celebration of 150 years of the Durham Miners’ Association, new banners marking our heritage and future and so much more!