Photo credit Kate Dyer
On Sunday 10th June a group of Corby women will process a banner created with Made In Corby in a mass participation artwork in London to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.
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 will mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London with women wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement. This vast artwork is based on an original idea by creative director Darrell Vydelingum, produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.
Made In Corby are one of 100 organisations invited from all over the country to become part of PROCESSIONS, in which female artists are paired with groups of women and girls to help share their voices through text and textiles. In Corby, artists Carole Miles and Phiona Richards from The Eloquent Fold worked with a group of local women and girls, mother and daughters amongst them, to create a unique banner to process along the route in London.
Based at Swan Gardens, the group designed and made their own banner and rosettes, mirroring the women who came together on the streets a hundred years ago to make their voices visible. Corby women have chosen to depict on their banner the violets of the suffragette movement, a slogan from the youngest member of the group, as well as the Suffragette motto ‘Deeds Not Words’, which is also the motto of Corby. They also made individual rosettes featuring their own words in English, German and Polish, reflecting the diversity of the group.
Made In Corby Producer Vicky Frayard, who co-ordinated the project commented, “It is a privilege to be a part of this historic event celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote. I would like to thank the amazing group of Corby women who have been a part of the project; not only for their creativity in producing a powerful and beautiful banner for PROCESSIONS, but also for their strength and compassion when sharing and discussing our own experiences of what is means to be woman in 2018. Women of Corby – you’ve done us proud.”
*Update 6th June 2018*
Look out for the Corby banner on Sunday 10th June as Processions will be televised live at 2pm on BBC One.
Britain Celebrates Live: 100 Years of Women’s Votes
Watch on BBC One live or catch up here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b6pcsy
“A unique celebration of the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Kirsty young presents live coverage of the momentous processions across London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, as thousands of women process through the streets of the nation’s capitals to mark this historical milestone.”