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Huish join Somerset Art Works to take part in Nationwide Art project to celebrate the centenary of the women’s vote

Posted on 21st March 2018

Banner-making workshop

Banner-making workshop

Richard Huish College is delighted to be involved with Somerset Art Works in 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 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.

Somerset Art Works is one of 100 commissioned organisations, working with women artists 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 places 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.

Bristol based artist Dorcas Casey has been commissioned by Somerset Art Works to lead creative workshops with students and staff from Richard Huish College in Taunton and Strode College in Street. "I'm really excited about the Processions project and being part of a vast community of people all working towards such an important and ambitious event. I'm looking forward to working collaboratively with students, I love the idea of using fabrics and bringing people together through the process of making. "

Hannah Kelly, A Level Art Teacher commented, “Richard Huish College is extremely proud to be part of PROCESSIONS; a national celebration of courage, commitment, leadership and justice. This project brings a unique creative collaboration between professional Artists, students and staff. Our studies and experiences come together, from English Literature and Social Science to Visual Art. We are excited to pour our energy into marking history with Communication Design innovation skills, which we are learning from Artist Dorcas Casey, and the extraordinary women who worked together to achieve the Representation of the People Act 100 years ago.”

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.

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 Somerset Art Works, 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.”

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