Giving support to mass artwork

Berwick Visual Arts has announced its support for Processions, a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act.

Sunday, 4th February 2018, 10:28 am
Berwick Visual Arts is supporing Procession

The Act, for the first time, gave 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, June 10, to mark this historic moment by creating a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century.

Berwick Visual 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.

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The sessions will be geared towards creating 100 centenary banners, which will form part of this vast moving artwork.

The banner-making workshops will focus on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign.

And there will be spaces to consider the power of the vote today and our shared future.

The banners will represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.

Helen Marriage, chief executive of 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 Berwick Visual Arts, will be at the heart of this UK-wide artwork.”

Berwick Visual Arts is working with artist Emma Shankland, who will deliver banner-making workshops at The Maltings on Fridays, between February 23 and May 4.

It is seeking 10 to 15 women to join the workshops and work with Emma to create a banner for Berwick.

The sessions will be free to attend.

Any participants in the workshops will be invited to join the Processions in Edinburgh event on Sunday, June 10, and transport will be provided.

If you would like further information, or to book a place on the banner-making workshops, please contact Val Tobiass, learning and engagement co-ordinator, on 01289 330999.

Alternatively, you can email your interest in the project to