The Tavistock and Portman banner project
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is commissioning an embroidered, textile banner to celebrate our shared values, the rich history of the Trust and our many achievements. We would like this to be a project involving many hands and many voices from staff and members to services users, patients and the communities they are part of, with opportunities for everyone to help stitch the banner over the coming months.
First of all, we need your help.
Our community is diverse and The Tavistock and Portman will mean different things to different people. We see this as one of our strengths. You may have noticed coloured postcards appearing in the waiting rooms around the Trust. We want you to write (or draw!) on the back of these cards to let us know what the Tavistock and Portman means to you.
We are delighted to invite Ed Hall to kick off the project by talking about his work as a banner maker over the last 30 years. He has worked with many organisations and museums and is well-known for collaborating with artists, making brightly coloured, stitched and painted banners for Jeremy Dellar's Turner Prize-winning exhibition Folk Archive in 2004 and English Magic at the Venice Biennale in 2013.
In 2011 Hall presented his first solo exhibition of banners at the People’s History Museum, Manchester. In 2012, the British Council Collection commissioned Hall to create two banners celebrating works in the collection and his banners can probably be seen in any upcoming demonstration in a UK town!