Arts in Parliament

Hands Around the World

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Arts in Parliament brings together a collection of creative peace murals made by communities across the world. These murals will fill walls of Westminster Hall, bringing it to life. 

The Creative Peace Mural Society promotes international understanding through the creation of textile murals that represent local culture, history and geography.

Arts in Parliament brings the full collection of murals together in Westminster Hall for the first time in celebration of the Olympic year. Each mural features landscapes from around the world and is surrounded by a border made up of handprints from local participants involved in their community project.

The murals

Since the millennium, Creative Peace Mural Society have worked on 11 textile murals with communities in New Zealand, Northern Ireland, 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 a new piece has been created in Northern Ireland which 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 outer border is made up of handprints, in gold, silver and copper - representing the people of the earth. The inner panel in the landscape show the history, geography and culture of the community or country.

Thursday 14 June – Monday 2 July 2012

Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament


This exhibition has now finished, but take a look at our photos on Flickr to see what happened

Creative Peace Murals in Westminster Hall

Our partners

Find out more about the Creative Peace Mural Society and the Hands Around the World project.