Bedford Creative Arts to take part in Nationwide Art Project to celebrate the centenary of the women’s vote
Bedford Creative Arts is delighted to announce our support for 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 will invite 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.
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.
Bedford Creative Arts are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, come along to the Albero Lounge on 15 March 2018 for a chat with Annie and Emily from our producing team.
16:00 – 18:30
Albero Lounge, Cowper Building, Riverside Square, Bedford MK40 1AY
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 Bedford Creative Arts, 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 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
Jennifer Allen is a Bedford based artist, cellist and freelance lecturer. Allen’s art works currently revolve around her invented persona ‘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 interventions and formulates critique across an interdisciplinary practice of bold DIY punk costumes, textile backdrops, paintings, installations, lectures, photographs, live performances, and music videos.
Previous exhibitions, screenings and performances have taken place at The Museum of Contemporary Art London, The Old Fire Station Gallery, The Freud Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Royal Academy of Arts, Toynbee Studios, 176 London (Zabludowicz Collection), Modern Art Oxford, Camden Arts Centre, The Kendrew Barn (St John’s College Oxford),198 Contemporary Arts and Van Abbe Museum Netherlands.