17 women have been taking part in workshops in Perth Theatre to create a banner for PROCESSIONS, 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.
The workshop participants will take the Perth Theatre banner to Edinburgh on Sunday 10 June, joining women* and girls in other major cities across the UK to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century. (*including those who identify as women and non-binary individuals).
Perth Theatre 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 focused on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign and were spaces to consider the power of the vote today and our shared future. Participants worked with Artists Pester and Rossi to design the Perth Theatre banner which set outs to celebrate the women of Perth, the groups thoughts on suffrage and Perth’s place in the movement towards gender equality.
Becca who has taken part in 2 workshops in Perth Theatre to create the banner said:
“The Processions workshop was a great opportunity to reflect on what women have achieved in the last century and how far we still have to go. It’s always inspiring to be amongst a diverse group of women and remember there is power in coming together!"
All women* and girls in the UK are invited to take part in PROCESSIONS. The Edinburgh event starts at The Meadows at around 2pm before proceeding to Holyrood Park for an approximate finish of 4pm. For further information and to sign up visit www.processions.co.uk.
PROCESSIONS 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.