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Images above from Processions Exhibition, Coventry Sept 2018

25 Oct – 4 Nov – Processions Exhibition, Spill Festival of Performance, Ipswich

Exhibition Info: https://spillfestival.com/show/processions-exhibition/

To mark the centenary of the first British women gaining the right to vote, Kinetika was one of 100 organisations across the UK commissioned to create handmade banners for PROCESSIONS. Building on 2017’s Silk River legacy, which connected communities along the lower Thames Estuary, Kinetika continued to work with Silk River artists from five communities – Barking & Dagenham, Dartford, Purfleet, Gravesham and Southend – to create five silk batik banners, one for each community. The artists drew up a long list of inspirational local women, past, present and future, either working in their communities or in the public eye across a range of professions. The public were invited to vote on social media to select the women who would be represented on the final banners.

PROCESSIONS took place on 10th June 2018, simultaneously in the four capitals of the UK, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, it was open to all women and girls,  including those who identify as women and non-binary individuals, to walk together creating a celebratory living artwork. Participants were all given a scarf to wear in either green, white or violet – the suffragette colours.

These banners will be be on display at the SPILL Festival of Performance in Ipswich 25 Oct – 4 Nov.

Kinetika’s Creative Director Ali Pretty said:

It’s been an empowering process, to bring so many local women artists together, and collectively discover the powerful line of Estuary women we come from, and simultaneously looking towards the younger generation who are making the most of the opportunities living and working along The Thames Creative Corridor is about to offer them.

The 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 all the banners: Jane Ford, Hattie Crane, Laurence Coates, Jo Beal

The Inspirational Women who appear on the five banners encompass a huge range of experiences, occupations, backgrounds and talents, ranging from a nineteenth century physical education for women champion to a 16 year old Youth Mayor. They are:

From Barking and Dagenham:

  • The Ford Factory Sewing Machinists who won a landmark case in 1968 which led to the Equal pay Act 1970, author and entrepreneur
  • Mo Obadina, a motivational speaker, WI Vice President and single mum, and
  • Rachel Stubbs who has overcome dyspraxia and dyslexia to get to University and looks set for a career in film production.

From Purfleet, Thurrock:

  • Kate Luard, a nurse who served in both the Boer War and the First World War, always at or near the front line,
  • Fatima Whitbread MBE 2 times Olympic medal winning athlete and
  • Kinetika,Kinetika, female-led arts organisation, working to nurture the new artistic talent in Thurrock communities.
From Dartford:

  • Martina Sofia Helena Bergman-Österberg, a pioneer of physical education and female suffrage,
  • What If… Gallery, a community arts organisation seeking to inspire people to paint and
  • Cllr Patsy Thurlow, Dartford Council the power behind the annual Dartford Festival.
From Gravesham:

  • Enid Marx, the first female engraver to be Royal Designer for industry,
  • Parm Gill, Gravesend Guru Nanak Football Club coach and
  • Georgia Mae Fenton 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
From Southend:

  • Rosina Sky, shopkeeper and suffragette,
  • Lucy Hodges, who despite being blind is a world champion sailor and
  • Maise Riley, Youth Mayor and passionate about creating a better future for Southend.

 

The project was made possible with support from NatWest, the Government Equalities Office, the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

More about the project is on the Kinetika website HERE.