PROCESSIONS

A mass artwork celebrating 100 years of women voting, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

PROCESSIONS14-18 NOW

Making banners for a Women's Social & Political Union rally (1910)Original Source: LSE Library

The suffrage campaign was characterised by banner making - a way of saying publicly what these women were thinking on the inside.

The banners were both feminine and radical, domestic and political; cannily crafted PR tools and artworks in their own right. 

Suffrage pilgrims in procession (1913)Original Source: LSE Library

“They have recreated the beauty of blown silk and tossing embroidery. The procession was like a medieval festival, vivid with simple grandeur, alive with ancient dignity.” - 1908 reporter

Wimbledon WSPU suffrage banner, 1908, Original Source: LSE Library
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Beddoe, Carpenter, Cobbe, Hallett, Manning, Martineau suffrage banner, 1908, Original Source: LSE Library
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Dare To Be Free suffrage banner, 1911, Original Source: LSE Library
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Women's Coronation Procession, 1911 Women's Coronation Procession, 1911, 1911-06-17, Original Source: LSE Library
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PROCESSIONS (2018) by Artichoke14-18 NOW

PROCESSIONS

One hundred years on from the first women getting the vote, 14-18 NOW and Artichoke, the UK’s largest producer of art in the public realm, invite women* and girls across the nation to mark this moment by taking part in a major mass-participation artwork. Paying homage to the great processions of the suffrage movement, on 10 June 2018, thousands of women and girls from across the UK will walk together in public processions in the four political capitals

Bannker-making workshop with Clean Break (2018) by Artichoke14-18 NOW

To prepare for the event, female artists have led workshops all over the country to make banners that reflect modern women’s priorities.

Clean Break Workshop, 2018

Banner-making workshop at the Brick Box, Artichoke, 2018, From the collection of: 14-18 NOW
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Banner-making workshop at Thorntree Hub, Artichoke, 2018, From the collection of: 14-18 NOW
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Banner-making workshop with Scottish Refugee Council, Artichoke, 2018, From the collection of: 14-18 NOW
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Berwick Visual Arts Banner-making workshop, Artichoke, 2018, From the collection of: 14-18 NOW
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Banner-making workshop at Thorntree Hub, Artichoke, 2018, From the collection of: 14-18 NOW
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Banner-making workshop at Thorntree Hub, Artichoke, 2018, From the collection of: 14-18 NOW
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PROCESSIONS animation - London (2018) by Artichoke14-18 NOW

Women will march through the UK's four political capitals in Green, White and Violet - the colours of the suffrage movement.

London

PROCESSIONS animation - Cardiff (2018) by Artichoke14-18 NOW

Cardiff

PROCESSIONS animation - Edinburgh (2018) by Artichoke14-18 NOW

Edinburgh

PROCESSIONS animation - Belfast (2018) by Artichoke14-18 NOW

Belfast

PROCESSIONS - Landmarks14-18 NOW

PROCESSIONS - Set off14-18 NOW

PROCESSIONS - Voices14-18 NOW

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PROCESSIONS is commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and produced by Artichoke. With support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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