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Press coverage of the Kinetika banners is HERE.
Kinetika is delighted to have taken part in 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.
Artists representing the areas of Barking and Dagenham, Dartford, Gravesend, Thurrock and Southend participated, which built on the network created by Kinetika’s Silk River project. Ali Pretty led the artist team and together they continued Kinetika’s track record of telling stories on silk, which this time explored ‘women of the estuary’. Five beautiful banners were created, one for each of the areas, and they came together with hundreds of others at the final event on 10 June 2018 in London.
Produced by Artichoke, events also took place on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh on the same day, and women and girls from across the UK came to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century.
Kinetika was 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 formed 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. The banners made represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.
The Kinetika banner artists were:
Barking and Dagenham: Kushnood Ahmed, Susanna Wallis, Rachel Stubbs (represented on the banner)
Dartford: Ruth Howard, Tanya Outen
Thurrock: Margaret Hall, Lesley Robinson, Emily Moon, Christine Rowles
Gravesend: Kirsty Gaunt, Sonja Montes, Mneesha Bungar, Elizabeth, Cathy Meyers
Southend: Sally Chinea, Hazel Huber, Jacci Todd, Lisa Meehan
Working across the banners: Jane Ford, Hattie Crane, Laurence Coates, Jo Beal
Helen Marriage, CEO Artichoke said:
“The 100th anniversary of the passing of legislation which made universal suffrage unstoppable is a moment both for celebration and reflection. Individuals and groups up and down the country, including Kinetika, will be at the heart of this UK-wide artwork. What they make and bring to their chosen procession on Sunday 10th of June will form part of a unique living portrait of women today.”
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. 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.
More info and to sign up to come with us on 10th June 2018: www.processions.co.uk