Darn that Picasso – Conversations and Craftivism

Susie Stubbs

Follow a yarn trail to the Working Class Movement Library and re-stitch the famous shapes of Picasso’s “Guernica” in banner form.

The Working Class Movement Library is one of those special places: hidden, intimate and telling a powerful story, that of the campaigning activities of ordinary men and women. This weekend, the library is joined by activist artists from Brighton who re-make Picasso’s sombre anti-war masterpiece, Guernica, by gently sewing the image into a huge banner. Pop in any time during the afternoon to contribute a bit of stitching (no previous sewing skills necessary), take part in conversation, or just to have a brew and enjoy experiencing the power of collaborative creativity. To help you get there, tour guide Suzanne Hindle of Manchester Guided Tours leads a walk from the People’s History Museum up the Crescent to Salford’s Working Class Movement Library, weaving tales of local creativity and activism along the way. She follows a bespoke trail knitted especially for the day by the King’s Arms Knitters, designed to help you find your way to Salford Crescent and back again. Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, M5 4WX, 2pm-5pm, Saturday 12 October, free. Walking tour: meet outside People’s History Museum, Leftbank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER, 1pm, Saturday 12 October, free (no need to book).

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