Banner Culture

15th July 2019

Share your messages of protest, hope and allegiance with us.

From traditional 19th century processional banners to contemporary D.I.Y messages of protest, banners have long been used as vehicles for personal and collective expression.

As part of this years British Textile Biennial, which explores the politics of cloth, we present a major crowd sourced exhibition of textile based banners and are asking for submissions from across the UK from individuals and groups to form the exhibition.

We are seeking banners ranging from traditional 19th century processional banners to contemporary messages of protest movements and campaigns of our own day. Be it anti fracking or football banners, hastily hand painted or lovingly appliquéd we ask you to share your messages of protest, hope and allegiance with us.

This mass exhibition will be presented in the epic spaces of the iconic Brierfield Mill, Pendle from 3rd October until 3rd November 2019 and is created in partnership with Mid Pennine Arts and Pendle Radicals.

A weekend of celebration will be held Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October which will include workshops and discussions as well as a performance by The Commoners Choir.

To submit your banner please email a picture along with dimensions, occasion/s of use and your name and contact details to by Tuesday 13th August.


We shall not accept submissions from / or exhibit banners that are discriminatory in accordance with the Equality Act 2010

Banners chosen for the final exhibition will be selected by representatives of Super Slow Way, Mid Pennine arts and volunteers from Pendle Radicals and decisions will be based around presentation a wide range of banners around subject matter, technique and historical context.

  • Where possible banners submitted will be included in a digital archive that will accompany the physical exhibition.
  • All banners used will be fully insured, stored safely and returned securely.
  • Banners will not be displayed under museum conditions