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What is PROCESSIONS?

  • What is PROCESSIONS?

    PROCESSIONS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the creation of a living sculpture artwork will celebrate one hundred 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, Artichoke is inviting women* and girls across the UK to come and 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. On arrival participants will receive cotton wraps in Green, White or Violet, the colours of the suffrage movement. Participants will be organised into bands according to their colour and together will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets. At the centre of each procession will be handmade contemporary banners echoing those carried by the suffrage movement, which participants will make in advance of 10th June (see below).

    *those who identify as women or non-binary

When will PROCESSIONS happen?

  • When will PROCESSIONS happen?

    Sunday 10th of June

  • Why is this taking place on 10 June, is the anniversary not 6 February?

    2018 marks 100 years since two landmark moments in the history of women’s suffrage – on 6th February 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and on 21st November 1918 the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act gave the first British women the right to stand for public office. PROCESSIONS, which is part of an ongoing year of celebrations, sits between these two historic acts. It is also taking place in June as the suffrage marches tended to be organised in the summer. For example on 13 June 1908, over 10,000 women processed from the Embankment to the Albert Hall. Likewise on 17 June 1911, the Women’s Coronation Procession saw some 60,000 women carrying banners marched from Westminster to the Albert Hall demanding that women be given the vote.

Where will PROCESSIONS happen?

  • Where will PROCESSIONS happen?

    PROCESSIONS will take place across the UK, with women and girls up and down the country taking part in an extensive creative programme to design and make hundreds of banners. The banners will be part of the PROCESSIONS, which will take place on Sunday 10th of June in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

  • How can I find out more about the routes?

    Further information about the PROCESSIONS route in each city will be sent to registered participants nearer to the event date.

  • Will roads be closed for the artwork?

    Yes, they will. Major roads in the four capital cities will be closed under the standard procedures for such events, carefully planned in advance with all the relevant authorities. Businesses and residents located on the route footprint have been notified in advance. If you have any further questions please contact queries@processions.co.uk. 

Accessibility

Who can take part in PROCESSIONS?

  • Who can take part in PROCESSIONS?

    PROCESSIONS is an invitation to women* and girls nationwide to celebrate their right to vote and how that was achieved by becoming part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century on 10th June. Men are welcome to take part in banner-making and other activities leading up to the event on 10th June and are also invited to mark this historic moment by giving voice to and supporting the celebration.

    *those who identify as women or non-binary

  • Can I bring my children?

    Yes, children are welcome. Just tell us how many are in your group when you register.

  • Can men be part of PROCESSIONS?

    PROCESSIONS is an invitation to women and girls nationwide to celebrate their right to vote and voice their concerns and hopes for the future. Whilst the artwork is a live portrait of women and girls, men are welcome to support the event by joining the audience to watch on the day.

  • Can children attend PROCESSIONS?

    Accompanied children

    Accompanied children, including boys up to the age of 13 are welcome to take part in PROCESSIONS. All minors under the age of 16 should be accompanied by their mothers, or another responsible adult woman adult such as a teacher or legal guardian.

    Schools

    Girls, those who identify as girls and non-binary students are invited to take part in the PROCESSIONS. Boys and those who identify as boys over the age of 13 are invited to support from the sidelines as members of the audience.

How do I take part in PROCESSIONS?

  • How do I join in?

    There are multiple ways to join in PROCESSIONS locally and nationally. You can:

    • Sign up to take part in one of the four processions taking place in the UK capitals at processions.co.uk
    • Join one of the community-led banner-making workshops listed on the PROCESSIONS website
    • Host your own banner-making workshop for your organisation or local community using the PROCESSIONS toolkit for groups
    • Make your own banner at home using the PROCESSIONS toolkit for individuals
    • Spread the word using the hashtag #PROCESSIONS2018
  • What should I wear?

    You can wear what you like. When you arrive, you will be given a cotton wrap in either Green, White or Violet to wear over your clothes.

    Make sure to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Registration

  • I’ve registered. When will I hear more?

    Once you have registered we will send you regular updates about the project and keep you informed about meeting points and timings.

Banner making

  • How do I make a banner to bring?

    Between January and June, individuals and community groups up and down the UK will take part in an extensive creative programme to design and make banners to bring with them on Sunday 10th June. You can make a banner in one of the following ways:

    • Join one of the community-led banner-making workshops listed on the PROCESSIONS website
    • Host your own banner-making workshop for your organisation or local community using the PROCESSIONS toolkit for groups
    • Make your own banner at home using the PROCESSIONS toolkit for individuals

Funding

  • Who funds PROCESSIONS?

    PROCESSIONS will be funded by a mixture of public and private funding. It is commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WWI Centenary Art Commisisons, 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. Additional funders include NatWest, Hogan Lovells and the New Zealand High Commission. Artichoke is still raising funds for the project.

Support PROCESSIONS

  • How can I support PROCESSIONS?

    A range of specially created PROCESSIONS “rewards” commemorating this once-in-a-lifetime event are available as part of your registration package when you register to participate in the artwork at www.processions.co.uk. All the proceeds will support Artichoke’s work as a charitable organisation who create public artworks which are free and open to all.

  • Will PROCESSIONS have a lasting legacy?

    It is Artichoke’s intention to tour an exhibition and archive the banners created by PROCESSIONS’ 100 partner organisations and institutions.