Thank you to our Bodnant Garden banner makers

In summer 2018 we asked staff, volunteers and visitors to have a go at making a banner - on any subject close to their hearts - with some very colourful results.

Led by local group Pigtown Theatre and artist Alana Tyson, the banner making project was part of 'Unbind the Wing' our celebration of women's suffrage at Bodnant Garden. 

Victorian and Edwardian suffragists made banners an art form, turning their traditional ‘womanly’ skills into a powerful means of mass communication and peaceful protest at rallies up and down the land. A century after women won the vote we posed the question 'What would you protest about today?' 

We provided the nylon fabric, scissors and sticky stuff and invited members of the public to get creative in a series of workshops at the garden and the local village show. People produced placards on an amazing range of modern day issues, from the environment to health, and they all played a starring role in our theatre launch for 'Unbind the Wing' on 26 September when Pigtown Theatre re-enacted a modern day protest rally at the garden. The colourful contemporary placards complimented the traditional textile banners created by members of North Wales Embroiderers' Guild, which are now on display around the garden.

We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the project and has helped keep the art of banner making alive!

Staff and volunteers with their banners for the garden's 'Unbind the Wing' celebration
Staff and volunteers with their banners for 'Unbind the Wing' celebration
Staff and volunteers with their banners for the garden's 'Unbind the Wing' celebration