Processions

The Brick Box is one of the collaborating organisations for Artichoke’s PROCESSIONS project – a national mass participatory artwork to celebrate 100 years since women in the UK began to have electoral power.

2018 is the centenary of only some privileged women being granted the right to vote – and our struggle is in no way over – but the 1918 Representation of the People Act was an important milestone in the history of equality, which we are excited to be celebrating.

In a series of open workshops at our base in Bradford city centre, we will co-create a unique banner with artist Jean McEwan and women from across the district. This banner will then be processed through the streets of London, carried aloft by it’s makers at a huge coming-together in June 2018.

More about the project…

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on, women* and girls across the UK are invited to mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century.

On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the PROCESSIONS will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

One hundred women artists are being commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops.

This vast artwork is based on an original idea by creative director Darrell Vydelingum. PROCESSIONS is commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary 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.

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