Bedford Creative Arts is delighted to support 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.

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

PROCESSIONS invites women* and girls across the UK to come together on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10 June 2018 to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century.

Bedford Creative Arts 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.


Join our workshops

The banner-making workshops are taking place in Bedford every Tuesday, throughout April and May. Focussing on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign they 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 in Bedford, from different backgrounds.

Bedford Creative Arts is inviting women and girls of all ages from Bedford based community groups to participate in a series of eight banner-making workshops with local artist Jennifer Allen, aka Quilla Constance.

For information on how to take part contact Emily Evans at

You can also head over to the Processions website to find out how you can make your own banner and more.

PROCESSIONS is commissioned by 14-18 NOW and produced by Artichoke. 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. PROCESSIONS Cardiff is produced by Artichoke in partnership with Festival of Voice and Wales Millennium Centre.

*those who identify as women or non-binary






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Quilla Constance QC

Quilla Constance 'QC' is an 'exotic' militant punk persona created and deployed by Allen to interrogate category driven capitalist networks and locate points of agency within systems of power. As QC, Allen stages and virally inserts her artistic practice within pop culture, traversing music venues, forging protests and entering art galleries in order to emulate and critique the operations of these cultural zones. Allen graduated from The Ruskin School of Art, St John's College, University of Oxford with a BA in Fine Art (2001) and Goldsmiths College, University of London with an MFA (2006). The artist lives in Bedford.  

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