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Friday, 14 January 2011

Wide floats our banner

This looks like a bit of a blink and you'll miss it exhibition in Bradford:

“Visible Voices: The Art of Women’s Protest” at the Pop Up art space in Bradford 14-28 January. This exhibition brings together over 30 iconic banners and other art of protest created by women over the past 100 years.  Women’s protest art has uniquely encouraged, rallied and dared us to both imagine and work towards building a more peaceful world.  This is a rare opportunity to see The Peace Museum’s substantial collection of peace banners on public display and is not to be missed.

The exhibition draws exclusively from the collection of The Peace Museum, which holds possibly the largest collection of peace banners in the UK. The exhibition also includes film footage and oral history excerpts from Thalia Campbell, who hand-sewed many of the iconic banners which sent a message of peace throughout the world during the 20-year Peace Camp at Greenham Common. The exhibition also includes a series of exquisitely embroidered textile pieces which document life and struggles with police at Greenham Common Peace camp*, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Visible Voices highlights the continuing allegiance between women in the struggle to build a more peaceful world.

*Alice Stewart, whose papers I completed cataloguing last year, was a supporter of the camp, gave expert epidemiological evidence on the effects of radiation in court on behalf of the protesters, and (well into her 80s) helped organise a Women's Rock Concert in support.

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