David Jacques - The Irlam House Bequest

The Irlam House Bequest is a fictional subversive banner workshop “discovered” in an abandoned flat in Irlam House, a tower block in Bootle, Liverpool. David Jacques’ installation is inspired by the history of trade union banners and the entrepreneur George Tutil, whose workshop dominated banner production in the nineteenth century.

Tutill’s success lay in combining easily interchangeable templates of mottos, portraits and decorative elements to produce unique banners. He operated a slick production line which resulted in his monopolising this niche industry. Commissions came from a broad and conflicting range of groups including Orange Lodges, trade unions and temperance societies.
The installation includes an accompanying text written by a fictional curator in the process of making an inventory of the works. These ‘notes’ record an interview with the tower block’s caretaker about the discovery of the drawings and the mysterious anti-establishment artistic collective who produced them.

In addition to his exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Jacques has created a huge banner artwork to celebrate Robert Tressell, who died in Liverpool in 1911. Tressell (who was born Robert Noonan) is considered one of the great socialist figures of the twentieth century, his novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists inspiring generations. He is buried in the city in a paupers’ grave at what is now Rice Lane City Farm. The banner was commissioned by Liverpool City Council as part of Liverpool City of Radicals. The banner is located at 87-95 Dale Street, Liverpool, until Sat 31 Dec 2011.

Part of 'City of Radicals' a city wide programme of events commemorating the 1911 General Transport Strike in Liverpool.
David Jacques - The Irlam House Bequest


Event Title: David Jacques - The Irlam House Bequest
Postcode: Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL
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