The New Union Flag Project
The New Union Flag (NUF) project by the artist Gil Mualem-Doron aims to reimagine the Union Jack, acknowledge and celebrate the communities that contributed to the UK’s cultural legacy. Re-created with fabric designs from all over the world the New Union Flag transforms the traditional Union Jack from an architype of uniformity – to a dynamic and celebrated on-going performance of diversity.
Piloted in 2015 the project has already engaged thousands of people through gallery exhibitions (Turner Contemporary, Tate Modern, South Bank Centre, People’s History Museum – Manchester, Liverpool Museum), numerous cultural events, schools, festivals, rallies and workshops.
The New Union Flag New Union Flag project offers a very flexible and engaging format – from interactive installations, participatory events, workshops and agit-props. It can be as small as the flag you are holding but will still have impact if you just take a selfie and post it on social media (#NewUnionFlag). It has also been exhibited as big as a room installation which visitors participated in a photo shoot (a take on a souvenir shop or a sea-side funfair). Another access point to the project is the DIY Diversity Flag workshops for adults and children. Sample of these activities can be seen here: https://youtube/CmOq20wzE2Y
A film about the project at Tate Modern – Tate Exchange – Who Are We? can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/212088924
Some of the photos and video clips from each New Union Flag event can be found here and all on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thenewunionflag/
A draft for the book in-making about the project can be viewed here: http://www.photobox.co.uk/creation/4755666932
The participants in the New Union Flag project are welcome to download the photos and use them for non- commercial purposes.
The New Union Flag national tour was supported by The Art Council England and Counterpoints Arts.
In the the following galleries are some of the photographs from exhibitions and events at:
- The New Union Flag Interventions (2015-2017)
- Arch 402 Gallery, Hoxton – London (2015) Part of Cult House’s Fusion: International Contemporary Art Show Curator: Miguel Mallol. Some of the photos used in the anti-Ukip campaign (see main menu).
- Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016) – (Winning of a commission by Platforma South East)
- Tate Exchange – Who Are We? 2017