STITCHING TALK WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER ED HALL – BANNER MAKER
Wednesday 4 October, 1:00-2:00pm
Ed Hall is one of the UK’s most respected and high-profile banner makers with a career spanning over 30 years and 500 embroidered banners made for political and social causes. He joins us this afternoon to talk about his life’s work and the importance of banners to social movements.
The banners he makes are for the street, often 2.5M X 2M, featuring applique letters, boarders, swags logos and painted centrepieces. He believes there is a close relationship between the arts and the struggles of our history and that banners have a vital public role in giving the best visual message possible.
Hall made his first banner in 1984 whilst working as an architect at Lambeth Council to protest the Government’s plans to end the building of council houses and his craft developed alongside his career. As the UNISON Branch Secretary for Lambeth Staff, demand grew for his banner work and he was able to continue producing them for trade unions and campaigns.
In 2000, Hall met the Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller who commissioned him to make banners for many high profile projects for the Folk Archive, Deller’s Turner Prize submission, and the Venice Biennale. Since then he has made banners for the British Council, and has held a solo exhibition at the People’s History Museum, Manchester.
Hall’s work is currently on display at the Imperial War Museum and at the People's History Museum.