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The Crafts Council is to be part of mass artwork to mark the centenary of the women's vote

We’re pleased to announce the Crafts Council will be part of 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 (those who identify as women or non-binary) 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.

The Crafts Council 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.

The Crafts Council will be working with a group of professionals from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital to work alongside artist Angela Maddock to design and create their banner.  Angela is a textiles artist specialising in collaborative projects, often working alongside people who have no previous textiles experience. She is maker-in-residence at the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College, London, Honorary Research Fellow at Swansea College of Art and a PhD by practice researcher at the School of Design at the Royal College of Art. She is also a trained counsellor and has previously worked in the NHS and the voluntary sector.

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 the Crafts Council, 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.” 

Zoe Dennington, Learning Manager at the Crafts Council said:

"Angela will work with a group of staff working in all kinds of roles at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, who care for women every day. The banner-making workshops will be a space to reflect on women’s lives and identities today— we’re really looking forward to seeing what the group create."


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.

You can find out about craft opportunities in your area via Craft Club and register your interest in PROCESSIONS via their website.