Margaret Harrison

Homeworkers

1977

On display at Tate Liverpool

Artist
Margaret Harrison born 1940
Medium
Acrylic paint, printed paper, linen, graphite, woollen scarf, 3 metal brooches, household glove, 29 plastic buttons and wool on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 2200 x 2440 mm
support: 305 x 2440 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2011
Reference
T13631

Display caption

Harrison advocated action and strong political discourse as the only effective means of fighting for workers’ and women’s rights. She began to research Homeworkers when the Equal Pay Act came into force in the UK in December 1975. Harrison worked with the National Campaign for Homeworkers in London for two years and interviewed several piece workers. The canvas includes items such as gloves, brooches, buttons and safety pins, flanked by their selling price, their production time and the money paid to their makers. The seven hands painted at the top symbolise the manual toil involved in piece work.

Gallery label, August 2013