Join PROCESSIONS – The Suffragette Centenary

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Women across the UK are invited to come together on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10 June 2018 for PROCESSIONS, a mass-participation artwork to pay homage to the suffragettes and mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which gave the first British women the right to vote.

Edwardian Suffragette Banners for Modern Choreography

Non-binary people are also invited and participants will wear green, white or violet to reflect the suffragette colours and will be arranged to create a giant walking banner. Also 100 women artists have been commissioned to work with communities across the UK to create 100 centenary banners for the march. Artichoke is working with Clare Hunter, a community textile artist, who has developed a toolkit based on the original 1909 guide to banner-making written by Mary Lowndes, founding member of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. The toolkit will provide inspiration, guidance and practical instructions for any individuals and groups to create their own banner.

Local community organisations are working together creatiely to pay tribute to the suffragettes and other activists who came together on the streets a hundred years ago and made themselves visible with handmade flags, banners, pins and rosettes. The workshops will focus on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign, and the banners made will represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.

The work is produced by Artichoke, the UK’s largest producer of art in the public realm, as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Landmark Moment in Women’s History

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW said the actions of women a hundred years ago during the First World War have “paved the
way for women today,” she said. “But there is still work to be done. I would like to thank the 100 artists who are contributing to this vast and powerful artwork and are exploring what it means to be a woman in the UK today, our successes, and the challenges we still face. We are delighted to be working with Artichoke to mark this landmark moment in women’s history.”

Celia Richardson, Director of Communications at Historic England, said her organisation is “so happy to be celebrating the amazing arc of history in a way that will have a real impact on women and their communities across the nation,” she said. “The story of the struggle for
women’s suffrage belongs to all of us and still resonates today. We are working with the London College of Fashion, Lucy Orta, and the women from Making for Change, some of whom were the last residents of Holloway Prison, to create a banner for the march. During
the struggle, hunger striking prisoners created the Holloway Prison banner, and we are proud to be a part of carrying on their legacy.”

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