Women Making History
- Large-format reproductions of banners from the 'Processions' marches, part of the 14-18 NOW program
- Published to coincide with an exhibition of the banners in Fall 2020
- A history of women's protest from the suffragettes to the 'Processions' marches
- As well as large-format reproductions of the banners from the marches, the book will include contextual chapters on suffragette banners and history, and thematic chapters on artists' and makers' stories
On Sunday, 10 June 2018, tens of thousands of women wearing scarves of green, white and violet took to the streets in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London as part of ‘Processions’, a mass artwork to mark 100 years since the first women were allowed to vote in the UK.
Produced by arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts program for the First World War centenary, ‘Processions’ was a moment for celebration and reflection on what it means to be a woman today.
In the months leading up to 10 June, 100 artists were commissioned to work with arts and community organizations across the country to make banners: original artworks inspired by the banners made by the suffragists and suffragettes who had campaigned for votes for women a century before.
These 21st-century banners were powerful statements made in text and textile, referencing the earlier struggles for equality and reflecting the modern-day concerns of women and those identifying as women.
Women Making History is the first opportunity to see each of these banners up close in all their glorious detail and to observe a historic moment, when a mass artwork made by women in all their diversity transformed the central streets of our four capital cities.
With contributions from Dame Helen Pankhurst, June Sarpong and Saoirse Monica Jackson, and many other collaborators, artists and participants from across the country, this fully illustrated book shows how art can both make and bring history alive.
Various essays from writers, artists and activists including Helen Marriage, Jenny Waldman, Helen Pankhurst, Clare Hunter and more.
- Profile Editions
- 23rd Sep 2020
- USA & Canada
- 10 in x 8 in
- 192 Pages
- 200 color