PROCESSIONS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women. 

Bedford Creative Arts is heading up Bedford’s part in PROCESSIONS, as one of 100 organisations across the country selected to create a centenary banner artwork. 

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. 

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Help us to make Bedford’s Centenary Banner Artwork 

Join BCA’s workshops and work with Quilla Constance (aka artist Jennifer Allen) for a series of eight banner-making workshops to make Bedford’s centenary banner artwork. This will be one of the 100 Banners 100 Years artworks, commissioned for the PROCESSIONS project. Together, we will then walk this special banner through the streets of London as part of the event on Sunday 10 June 2018. 

Alternatively, you can also make your own banner or flag as an individual or for your own group, organization or network. Details on other PROCESSIONS opportunities and more information about the project are outlined on their  website . 

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. 

This project celebrates one hundred years since the first UK women got the right to vote. If you’re not already registered to vote, sign up here. 

*those who identify as women or non-binary 





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Jennifer Allen AKA Quilla Constance QC

Quilla Constance ‘QC’ is an exoticized militant punk persona and the creation of artist Jennifer Allen. The artist’s work is concerned with exploring perceptions of race, identity and gender, particularly within pop and contemporary culture. As Quilla Constance she inserts her artistic practice into pop culture to interrupt the status quo. ‘QC’ can be found forging protests in public space, traversing music venues, entering art galleries and staging interventions using a wide range of interdisciplinary media, including live performance, large scale paintings, costumes, music videos, photographs and lectures. Her work embodies a vibrant and dynamic punk aesthetic. She employs languages of irony and hyperbole to make her costumes using exoticized materials and DIY techniques to create a powerful visual impact. The artist lives in Bedford.  

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