As you may have already seen, Lighthouse are taking part in Processions, an exciting project connected to the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

On 6 February 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote. One hundred years on, 14-18 NOWArtichoke and hundreds of other arts organisations from around the country are inviting women to mark this moment by taking part in a major mass-participation artwork.

From February through to mid-May a wonderful group of women will be taking part in eight creative banner making workshops. The banners they create will echo the artistic practises of the women’s suffrage campaign and yet, be grounded in the contemporary female experience.

The project will culminate in public processions on Sunday 10 June, where thousands of women and girls from across the UK will walk together with their banners, forming a living portrait of women in the 21st century. These marches will take place across the nation, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

The workshops are being led by renowned visual artist Denise Poote. Denise says, “working on this project which will bring together local women from the South West to create art and share time will be a wonderful and inspiring opportunity for me. In previous art projects, I have made portraits of women across all ages and environments and I feel this banner making project is a timely opportunity to represent local women’s experiences and knowledge in visually compelling ways.

I am also pleased to be working again with Lighthouse Poole, our South West Regional Centre for the Arts and Artichoke as producers to contribute to this ambitious and appealing community programme for women.”

Denise is currently running a blog with information about the project, as well as collecting interesting articles, images and videos relating to the issues that inspire her and the women taking part. Click here to give this a read!

We also recommend checking out the video below, created by Michele O'Brien who collaborated with Poole Museum and writer Kate O'Malley on a Cultural Hub funded project 'The Right to Vote!' - a theatrical piece celebrating the life and thoughts of Minnie Baldock who retired to Poole. 

If you would like to find out more about the project, or to sign up, email 14-18NOW@lighthousepoole.co.uk

Part of Processions, a UK-wide mass participation artwork to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage, produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, based on an idea by Darrell Vydelingum.

Published 20 March 2018