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
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
UNISON Housing and Care Scotland
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:
Barnsley Miners' Wives - Mother Jones
Kent Area - Snowdown Branch
Pelton Fell Lodge
The co-operative party - Centenary
Housing and Care Scotland
St Hilda (Design by Bob Olley)
Vane Tempest Lodge
Quarrington Hill Lodge
Ox Close Primary School
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:
Original horse from Trimdon Colliery Lodge fragment
Newly painted Trimdon Colliery Lodge horse and full banner
Pelton Fell Lodge
Burnhope and Fenhall Drift Lodge
Tanfield Lea Lodge
Communist Party of Great Britain
Trimdon Grange Lodge
New Brancepeth 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 basic project can include up to 140 students.
+ 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.
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.
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 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.