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    'Anti-Apartheid wall hanging', by Aberystwyth Anti-Apartheid Group. (Photo: Seirian De’Rome)
    'Anti-Apartheid wall hanging', by Aberystwyth Anti-Apartheid Group. (Photo: Seirian De’Rome)


    Title of Textile:Anti Apartheid
    Maker: Aberystwyth Anti-Apartheid Group
    Country of Origin: Wales
    Year Produced: 1989
    Size (cm): 1.56m (w) x 1.04m (l)
    Materials: Wall hanging: mainly cottons, some satin and a little wool; Tabs for hanging: patterned brocade
    Type of Textile: Double sided wall hanging

    This wall hanging was made by the Aberystwyth Anti Apartheid Group at a workshop facilitated by peace activist Thalia Campbell, on the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday in 1988.

    On the front of the wall hanging a black and a white girl stand shoulder to shoulder with arms entwined, a simple gesture not permitted in Apartheid South Africa (1950 - 1994). They gaze out on Aberystwyth’s seafront and promenade, against the backdrop of Constitution hill and the cliff railway. On the reverse side, a Welsh dragon is melting the chains of Apartheid with his fiery breath. The wording on the banner, in both Welsh and English, proclaim ‘Freedom’ and ‘Anti-Apartheid’.

    Designed for public protest and awareness raising, this wall hanging was used with other textile banners at an event held outside Aberystwyth Town Hall in 1988. At this gathering, a group of local people sang ‘Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika / God Bless Africa’, the black protest song that under the presidency of Mandela was juxtaposed with the old white anthem ‘Die Stem / The Call’, to become the national anthem of South Africa.

    Owner: Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, Wales
    Location: Ceredigion Museum, Wales
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Seirian De’Rome

    Textile exhibited at: Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho, 25/03/2017 - 13/05/2017

    Textile Detail Image(s)

      'Anti-Apartheid wall hanging (reverse side)', by Aberystwyth Anti-Apartheid Group. (Photo: Seirian De’Rome)