Banner by Provider consumers from East London Basis Trust, Tower Hamlets working with Claudette Johnson

● New exhibition delivers jointly additional than 100 incredible banners produced by artists and women’s groups across the Uk for PROCESSIONS

● Artists include Claudette Johnson, Sarah Maple, Sadie Williams and Vivienne Westwood

● Emblazoned with the fears of ladies across the United kingdom, the banners emphasize the ongoing
battle to attain gender equality

Women of all ages Creating Background is a new exhibition of extra than 100 hand-crafted banners commissioned for PROCESSIONS, a mass-participation artwork that took position in June 2018, commissioned by 14-18 NOW and generated by Artichoke. This absolutely free, ticketed exhibition will choose put from 2 June – 11 July 2021 at London Scottish Household in Westminster.

Women of all ages Producing Heritage (entrance cover), revealed by Profile Books, 2019.

Expressing women’s fears about gender-dependent violence, reproductive and economic rights, social exclusion, homophobia and trans allyship, these banners are a potent reminder of the relevance of feminist activism and the ongoing wrestle for gender equality.

Collectively they present a rallying cry for change epitomised by the banner established by Welsh collective HEXXX. A impressive manifesto to the governing administration composed by women who have skilled gender-dependent violence, it phone calls on British isles members of parliament to “acknowledge the existence of abuse: in public areas, workplaces, universities, detention centres, within people,
guiding shut doorways and on the streets” and supplies a roadmap for meaningful modify.

PROCESSIONS 2018 London, an Artichoke Task Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, picture by Sheila Burnett

Impressed by the banners of the suffrage movement, these lively and elaborate artworks by women’s teams throughout the Uk and major figures in British art and manner including Vivienne Westwood and Claudette Johnson converse to the present and the long term. Displayed jointly for the 1st and only time, readers will be equipped to check out up close the craftsmanship and
collaboration which went into each banner.

The banners screen deeply private tales of women and their communities. Tara Arts’ banner utilised recycled saris donated by community women, while Macrobert Arts Centre integrated one particular of their participants’ silk wedding dress in their style. Lots of reference women’s integral contribution to area industries by means of their use of resources – Rowallane Group Hub’s banner is produced from a 100-year-aged piece of Belfast linen manufactured in factories driven by female workers acknowledged as ‘Millies’, while the British Ceramics Biennial made hundreds of bone-china clay buttons in tribute to women’s contributions to the Potteries of Stoke on Trent.

Tens of hundreds of ladies took to the streets in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London in June 2018 to mark 100 many years since the first United kingdom females have been allowed to vote. PROCESSIONS furnished a one of a kind minute to celebrate the agency of gals and mirror on what it signifies to be a female these days. Three yrs on, the exhibition continues this legacy, furnishing an
possibility to replicate on the banners’ calls for equality, to examine the speed of development and to be influenced to hold pushing for improve.

Broadcaster and campaigner June Sarpong, who worked on the BBC broadcast of PROCESSIONS, recollects in the quantity that accompanies the exhibition: “It was a specially poignant working day for me. I recall the magical sight of tens of 1000’s
of girls invading central London wearing purple, white and eco-friendly scarves, several carrying wonderful handmade banners. As I was celebrating this historic milestone in equality, I couldn’t support but think about, in spite of a century passing, the quite a few milestones we have yet to obtain in conditions of occupation possibilities, reproductive decisions and security from exploitation and
violence.”

Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke, claims: “The banners in this exhibition had been produced and carried by members in PROCESSIONS. They consist of phone calls for an conclude to male violence in opposition to gals, an conclusion to domestic abuse, and for
reproductive and financial legal rights. Searching back again at that working day in 2018, I consider PROCESSIONS nonetheless has a distinctive resonance. For a couple of hours, girls owned the streets. Our creative strength now additional than at any time needs to be expressed exterior the partitions of buildings. Now, as we battle to system modern situations, we fully grasp how significantly from serious improve we continue to are, and how the concern of male violence proceeds to form and limit women’s lives. The illustrations or photos of police holding handcuffed women mourners to the ground echoed people of suffragettes arrested for protesting women’s legal rights 1 hundred several years ago. We are alarmed at the assault on civil rights passing via Parliament and attempts to control our right to protest as citizens in a cost-free modern society. We may possibly under no circumstances duplicate the practical experience of PROCESSIONS, but we will proceed to examine all the alternatives of public artwork. This exhibition aims to seize and encourage that spirit.”

The companion volume to the exhibition Women of all ages Earning History, released by Artichoke and Profile Editions, is readily available at processions.co.british isles. It capabilities comprehensive color visuals of all the banners in the exhibition with aspects of the groups that labored on them, as effectively as essays about PROCESSIONS.

The banners are readily available to watch remotely on Google Arts & Culture, and a special exhibition manual will be readily available to down load from 27 May well on Bloomberg Connects, a totally free digital guide to cultural organisations about the entire world. To download the Bloomberg Connects application, go to the Apple App Shop or Google Play.