The walls of Parliament’s Westminster Hall will be brought to life from 14 June, when they will be filled by 11 magnificent peace murals made by communities from around the globe.
Westminster Hall, host to speeches from Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, represents both an impressive and fitting backdrop for the peace murals. The exhibition runs until 2 July and is open Monday-Saturday from 9.30-16.30. It is free and open to all. The exhibition - part of Arts in Parliament - marks the first opportunity to see all 12 inspiring murals together in one place.
The Creative Peace Mural Society promotes international understanding through the creation of textile murals that represent local culture, history and geography. Since the millennium, it has worked on 11 textile murals with communities in New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Uruguay, Ukraine, Coast Salish, Uganda, Japan and China. Each is a local art project which draws upon values and themes important to each community. During 2012, with a helping hand from Liam Neeson, the eleventh mural has been created in Northern Ireland as part of the Inspire programme for the Cultural Olympiad. The piece embodies the Olympic and Paralympic values of truce, friendship and respect.
Each mural includes the earth, sea and sky and illustrates day (sun) and night (moon) on the curve of the earth or on a horizon line. The inner panels in the landscape show the history, geography and culture of the community or country. The outer border is made up of handprints from local participants involved in their community projects – representing the people of the earth.
This exhibition is just one of a series of unique exhibitions and performances taking place this summer in Westminster Hall. All the events are free and everyone is invited to attend.