100 UK organisations - including 14 across Northern Ireland - to create 100 unique banners for PROCESSIONS in collaboration with female artists and community groups
Registration opens for PROCESSIONS, one of the UK’s largest ever mass participation artworks, which will take place simultaneously across the four UK capitals Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London - on Sunday 10th June 2018.
PROCESSIONS is produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and will mark one hundred years since the first British women won the right to vote.
Women and girls - including those who identify as women and non-binary individuals - are invited to register at www.processions.co.uk to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime living artwork which will celebrate a historic moment for gender equality and create a dramatic portrait of women in the 21st century.
On 10th June 2018, participants in Belfast, will walk together in their tens of thousands. Given green, white or violet to wear, to represent the colours of the suffrage movement and standing for “Give Women Votes”, they will together appear as a vast river of colour flowing through the capital’s streets. At the heart of PROCESSIONS Belfast will be specially created banners, echoing those carried by suffrage campaigners.
In the months leading up to PROCESSIONS Belfast, participants are invited to take part in a nationwide creative programme of banner-making workshops, or to create banners at home using a toolkit designed by contemporary banner-maker Clare Hunter which takes inspiration from a 1909 pamphlet by suffragette artist Mary Lowndes.
100 Years 100 Banners
100 Years 100 Banners partners are spread across the breadth of Northern Ireland from Belfast to Ballymena and Derry. They encompass local and national charities and arts organisations, including National Museums NI, The Braid Arts Centre, The Institute for Conflict Research and the Centre for Contemporary Art. Their workshops aim to reach a diverse body of women stretching across all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, geographies and sexualities, with the resulting banners providing a snapshot of women’s experiences today.
Many of the organisations based in Northern Ireland have chosen to work with groups of women who have made a significant contribution to the lives of other women in their community. Other organisations will be working with groups of women who continue to be disenfranchised in 2018, helping give a voice to women within the criminal justice system, victims of domestic abuse, homeless women, and women seeking refuge or asylum.
HOW TO TAKE PART
For more info on how to get involved and a full list of participants, please visit www.processions.co.uk.
Organised by Artichoke