Banner of Youth

Our Banner of Youth project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, started back in March with a series of textile design workshops taking place over eight weeks taking place in the Fountain Room at the Barbican Centre in London. Our workshop poster below was shared with homeless hostels around London inviting participants to come along and get creative.

Textile & Design Workshops poster

Workshop poster


Working in partnership with our long-term collaborators Museum of Youth Culture along with tutors Sadie Williams and Tori Taiwo, Accumulate participants designed and created fabric patches from surplus textiles inspired by the theme of youth culture and their memories of their own youth.

Working with surplus textiles

Working with off cuts of fabrics and leftover trims our group were able to get as creative as they wanted. It was wonderful to see each individual’s design developing and progressing over time and in these super engaging sessions. Check out these fantastic patches in progress:


Each patch was then sewn onto a huge banner entitled the ‘Banner of Youth’, which will be revealed on 7th July in The Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry.  Watch this space!

Banner of Youth in progress