Programme 2019

Banner Culture

Dates: Saturday 5th October – Sunday 3rd November

Opening times: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm (Fridays by appointment – phone Mid Pennine Arts on 01282 421986 or email

Venue: Brierfield Mill

Entry: Free


A century ago it was women’s suffrage, and crusades for peace. Now we have climate emergency, #MeToo, Trump, fracking… and Brexit.

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.

Featuring contributions from some outstanding banner artists contribute including : Durham Bannermakers, who keep vibrantly alive the traditions of the miners’ groups; Thalia Campbell, whose work captured the unbreakable resolve of Greenham women; Ed Hall, celebrated for his collaborations with Jeremy Deller; and Peter Carney, who made heartbreaking memorials for the 89 lost at Hillsborough, Artichoke’s Processions project, for the centenary of women’s suffrage and the Peace Museum in Bradford have who have shared a precious collection that brings so much recent history to life.

See Banner Culture, and go away inspired, or angry, or both!

Banner Culture is created in partnership with Mid Pennine Arts, as part of their Pendle Radicals project.