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Processions: a living portrait of C21st women

Processions is a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the first British women the right to vote. Processions will invite women and girls across the UK to come together on Sunday 10 June 2018 to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century. The Jerwood Gallery is supporting this initiative and invites you to participate.

“I’m helping to facilitate a really exciting project for women at the Jerwood  Gallery and we are seeking participants,” writes artist Janey Moffatt, who is involved with the project as a workshop facilitator. “No experience of art of any kind is needed and there is no cost. You can nominate yourself or nominate someone you know.”

The Jerwood Gallery is one of 100 organisations working with women artists up and down the country in the lead-up to the event, as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops to create 100 centenary banners which will form part of this vast artwork. The banner-making workshops will focus on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign and will be spaces to consider the power of the vote today and our shared future. The banners made will represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.

We would like to hear about and meet local women who are today’s campaigners. The ones who don’t let things lie, for whom justice and fairness matters. Perhaps they are running a local service that benefits the community, campaigning for the environment, or supporting people living with disabilities or mental health issues. They contribute to our community by giving time generously and really caring for the people whose lives they touch. They have the opportunity to be effective today because of the fairness and equality women fought for in the Suffragist movement 100 years ago.

Do you know a woman like that? Nominate her to be part of the Processions group at Jerwood Gallery and give the gift of time for her to be creative, to meet kindred spirits, take part in an exciting event in London and help to celebrate 100 years of the vote.

Women's suffrage

Women’s suffrage

There will be four workshops at Jerwood Gallery on Saturday afternoons between April and June*, which I will be leading; I’m a textiles artist and multi practitioner. The selected participants will design and make the banner together, but no sewing experience is required. The group will be shown stories of the women who went before them in the suffrage movement and be able to tell their own stories to act as inspiration for what they make.

Often women like this don’t realise how awesome they are, so if you know someone who should be involved please let us know about the incredible work she is doing.

* Workshop dates as follows: 21 April, 5 May, 19 May and 2 June (2-4.30pm)

“Please don’t be shy in coming forward to be part of this project,” writes Janey. “We are hoping to connect with women from all walks of life. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.”

If you would like to be involved, or if you would like to nominate a woman to take part, please get in touch by emailing or calling us on 01424 728377. More information here: Processions at Jerwood Gallery.

The initiative 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.

Posted 13:19 Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 In: Arts News

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