Working Class Movement Library

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Re-Making Guernica part three – communal sewing in Brighton

Posted by wcmlibrary on June 11, 2013

On 26 April, the anniversary of the aerial bombing of the town of Gernika in 1937 which led Picasso to paint his sombrely magnificent Guernica, we published a blog posting introducing the Re-Making Guernica project, the inspiration of a group of academics, artists and makers at the University of Brighton who invited activists to join them in creating an art of protest against fascism.  The Library played its part in their initial research about the painting coming to England. Now read on…

guernica_sew_1What is Guernica? Gernika is a place in northern Spain and Guernica is a painting by Pablo Picasso; it is a tapestry that hangs in the UN; a mug; a t- shirt. It is a rallying cry; a call to action to stand up against fascism; it is an anti-fascist banner. Guernica is many things: it has transcended its canvas and the walls of the gallery and it circulates far and wide, shifting shape as it goes. The frequency with which people are moved to recreate Guernica is testament to the ongoing power of Picasso’s image to move people into action.

A group of activists and artists are re-making Picasso’s Guernica as a banner. Re-making Picasso’s Guernica is a collective project involving people from Amnesty International, Brighton Anti-Fascists, Gatwick Visitors Group, Migrant English Project, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, University of Brighton and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

They say: ‘We have worked together to recreate Picasso’s famous shapes. We’d like to invite you to take part – come and sew! Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, 16 June & 23 June 2013, 12 – 4’.

For more information: guernica_sew_2
If you’d like to stay in touch with the banner makers as the project develops, or host a sewing event or talk, email:


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