PROCESSIONS was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork celebrating one hundred years of votes for women.
On Sunday 10 June 2018, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London walked together as part of this celebratory artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, the PROCESSIONS appeared as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.
It was a visual expression of equality, strength and cultural representation, inviting all women to unite and celebrate the early fight for the right to vote and express what it means to be a woman today.
Bedford Creative Arts is one of one-hundred arts organisations from across the UK who were invited to commission one of one-hundred unique banners for the artworks, made by female artists and community groups.
Through a series of eight creative and playful workshops focused on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign, artist Quilla Constance (Jennifer Allen) and women representing the multi-cultural make up of Bedford, explored the ideas, hopes and concerns of women in 21st Century to develop Bedford’s own banner.
Combining fabrics from different cultures and with playful references to Victoriana, punk and sci-fi, the banner makes an impassioned statement about a collectively imagined future for women that was revealed at the PROCESSIONS event in London on 10 June 2018.
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