Kinetika is delighted to be taking 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 will take part, which builds on the network created by Kinetika’s Silk River project. Ali Pretty will lead the artist team and together they will continue Kinetika’s track record of telling stories on silk, which this time will explore ‘women along the estuary’. There will be five bespoke banners, one for each of the areas, and they will come together with hundreds of others at the final event on 10 June 2018 in London.
Produced by Artichoke, events will also be taking place on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh on the same day, and PROCESSIONS will invite women and girls across the UK to come along and mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century.
Kinetika 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 will focus on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign and will be spaces to consider the power of the vote today and our shared future. The banners made will represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.
The participant group of artists are so far confirmed to be Susannah Wallis, Kushnood Ahmed, Lesley Robinson, Margaret Hall, Kirsty Gaunt, Ruth Howard, Carolyn Howe, Hazel Huber, Sally Chinnea, Jacci Todd, Lisa Meehan and Jo Beal.
The workshops will take place at the Kinetika studio, Purfleet, in Feb and May 2018.
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: www.processions.co.uk