Artforms: Visual Art
Commissioned by: Artichoke and 14-18 NOW
Artists: Helen Walsh
Date: March – June 2018
This project gave women in Carlisle the opportunity to work together to make a fabric banner to process through Edinburgh to commemorate the Representation of the People Act.
In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on, Artichoke invited women and girls across the UK to come and mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century. On Sunday 10th of June, women (those who identify as women or non-binary) and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London walked together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the PROCESSIONS appeared as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.
One hundred women artists were commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS, as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops. Prism Arts were chosen to be one those organisations.
We ran a series of workshops in our Carlisle studio for the public to create a banner which we then took up to Edinburgh to process.
The project allowed us to reach out to new people, including new potential volunteers, and to be a part of a nationally significant mass participation artwork.
When Sir Nicholas Serota (Arts Council Chair) visited he saw the banner and was very impressed with the project.
The banner was part of our Puppet Pageant Parade on 1st September 2018 before being sent down to London to join other banners on exhibition.