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'No going back' Sonia Copeland. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)

'No going back' Sonia Copeland. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Workshops (online):The Art of the Banner
Description: Making the Future is a cross-border cultural programme which empowers people to use museum collections and archives to explore the past and create a powerful vision for future change. It is implemented by Linen Hall Library, Nerve Centre, National Museums NI and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland – (PRONI), supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV programme.

The Art of the Banner is a five week programme hosted by Linen Hall Library’s Making the Future Project.
In this series of creative workshops, led by Conflict Textiles curator Roberta Bacic, you will have the opportunity to explore the skills involved in creating a protest banner, the messages they convey and how the protest banner is as relevant today as it was for our past generations. The programme will also explore the history of Orange Order, Hibernian and Trade Union banners with historian and guide Paul Donnelly from Dead Centre Tours.

You will also get the chance to create your own ‘conflict textile’ with textile artist Deborah Stockdale and have it featured on the Making the Future websites and the CAIN Conflict Textiles Archive.

For further information contact Lesley Cherry, Community Engagement Officer at Linen Hall Library, or call her on
028 9032 1707

Commissioned by: Making the Future - Linen Hall Library
Date(s): 9th February 2021 - 23rd February 2021
Venue: Linen Hall Library Online
Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast, Northern Ireland. BT1 5GB
Curator: Roberta Bacic, Paul Donnelly Deborah Stockdale
Facilitator: Lesley Cherry, Linen Hall Library - Making the Future
Outcome: The programme explored conflict textiles around the world, protest placards, as well as parade and trade union banners in Northern Ireland. The workshops were led by Roberta Bacic from Conflict Textiles, textile artist Deborah Stockdale, DC Tours guide Paul Donnelly and Making the Future Engagement Officer and artist Lesley Cherry. Working through a process of examining the messages these banners have had over the years, learning the skills involved in making them, participants then created their own ‘conflict textile’ (see ‘Outcome of workshops, April 2021’ in Documents section below).

Documents: • 'The Art of the Banner', 5 workshops - view
• Exhibition funders/contributors, Jan 2021 - view
• Workshop presentation, R. Bacic, Feb 2021 - view
• Outcome of workshops, April 2021 - view
• Synopsis of input, D. Stockdale, April 2021 - view