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Artichoke’s Commissions

As part of the 100 Years 100 Banners programme, Artichoke commissioned 10 artists to create banners with UK organisations.


Claudette Johnson working with East London NHS Foundation Trust

Claudette Johnson lives and works in London. She was a member of the BLK Art Group as well as co-founder of the BLKArts Research Group with Marlene Smith and Keith Piper. Her work is included in the collections of The British Council Collection, Mappin Art Gallery, Arts Council England Collection, Manchester Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. In the 1980s Johnson showed her work in a number of seminal shows including Five Black Women, Africa Centre, London, 1983, Black Women Time Now, Battersea Arts Centre London,1984, The Thin Black Line, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London,1985, In This Skin: Drawings by Claudette Johnson, Black Art Gallery, London, 1992. And more recently she has participated in exhibitions such as,Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean Artists in Britain 1966 – 1986, Royal Festival Hall, London,1990, The Caribbean Cultural Centre, The Studio Museum Harlem and The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York,1997/98, Thin Black Line(s), Tate Britain, London, 2011/2012, No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960–1990, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, 2015, The 1980s Today’s Beginnings?, vanabbemuseum, 2016, The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary and South London Gallery, 2017, solo exhibition at Hollybush Gardens, 2017, Johnson is currently in Meticulous Observations at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool curated by Lubaina Himid.

“I am excited to be part of PROCESSIONS because it will be an opportunity to work collectively to produce work that reflects the myriad ways that women contribute to society. It will allow us to give space to some of the forgotten or obscured women who have challenged notions about gender, race and society.”

Delaine Le Bas working with Sisters of Frida

Delaine Le Bas was born in Worthing U.K 1965. She studied at St Martins School Of Art London.

Delaine is a cross disciplinary artist creating installations, performance, photography and film. She was one of the sixteen artists who were part of Paradise Lost The First Roma Pavilion Venice Biennale 2007. She worked with her late husband the artist Damian Le Bas on their installations Safe European Home? and projects Gypsy Revolution and Gypsy DaDa. Delaine created Romani Embassy in 2015. Delaine has created performance text works with her son the writer Damian James Le Bas. Her works have been included in Prague Biennale 2005 & 2007, Venice Biennale 2007 & 2017, Gwangju Biennale 2012, Zacheta National Gallery Of Art 2013, MWW Wroclaw Contemporary Art Museum 2014, The Third Edition Of The Project Biennial Of Contemporary Art D-0 Ark Underground Bosnia & Herzegovina 2015, Off Biennale Budapest 2015, Goteborg International Biennale For Contemporary Art Extended 2015, Critical Contemplations Tate Modern 2017.

Delaine is one of the curators for The First Roma Biennale 2018 and is an Associate Curator at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning London U.K.

Heather Agyepong working with Harris Academy, Dulwich

Heather Agyepong has worked within photographic & performance arts since 2009. She performed, been published, and exhibited in the UK and internationally. In 2015, she was commissioned to produce a visual response to Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter project. Her response,Too Many Blackamoors,was shortlisted for the RPS International Print Exhibition 159. Heather’s ethnographic project The Gaze on Agbogbloshie was nominated for the Prix Pictet award in 2016 and for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2017. In 2016, she was selected as Mashable’s top 10 female photographers devoted to social justice. Her work is part the Autograph ABP & Hyman collection. In 2017, she completed a collaborative commission with Tate Exchange focusing on cultural production, visibility and privilege. She studied a BSc Applied Psychology at the University of Kent and went on to complete a MA in Photography & Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths Collegewhere she was awarded the Kirsty MacColl 2014 Scholarship.

“I’m really excited to be involved in the PROCESSIONS Banner creation as I think it’s so important to highlight the diverse and intersectional contributions to women’s rights in this country. I think events like these are crucial because we often forget and tragically ignore the significant contributions of marginalised communities in this country and this is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate and honour their legacy publicly and unapologetically.”


HEXXX (Jessye Curtis, Phoebe Davies and Sarah Smith) working with Welsh Women's Aid

Hexxx (Jessye Curtis, Phoebe Davies and Sarah Smith) are a group of female artists from South Wales and Lancashire. Through collaboration and collective action they generate work which explores power dynamics and relationships of solidarity. Their work is often site and context dependent, using installation, live performance, print and spoken word to explore autobiographical experiences, histories and the unspoken.

Jess de Wahls working with Women For Refugee Women

Originally from Berlin, Jess de Wahls is now a bona fide lynch pin of the British textile art scene . 

She creates hand-sewn relief portraits and colourful Embroideries tackling issues from Gender inequality to the ever growing problem of textile waste in her prolific output. Her pieces are created from up cycled clothing, a technique for which she has coined the term ‘Retex Sculpture’. Embracing recycling and reuse as well as embroidery are paramount to her practice.

Her extensive body of work has been exhibited and sold internationally, featured online as well as in print. She also teaches embroidery classes in the UK as well as internationally.

“I feel honoured and it is extremely exciting to me as an artist to be commissioned to create one of the banners for PROCESSIONS’ 100 years.100 Banners together with Women for Refugee Women. Being able to make a lasting relic for future generation, feels incredibly humbling as well as significant. Taking to the streets to literally stand up for change in PROCESSIONS, has been a great part of women’s fight for equality and political justice, so to be part of this is as important to me personally, as it is for the big picture.”



Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings working with a collective of deaf and hearing women from Brighton

Omeima is a British-Sudanese textile artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Omeima’s work explores themes of identity and change, communication, faith and womanhood. 

Shortlisted for the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary through Shape Arts 2014/15, Omeima took up an international artist residency in Qatar with the support of the British Council. An exhibition featuring her work was hosted at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. This was followed by a solo exhibition  – Endless Flow – at the Arab British Centre, London. Omeima’s work was featured in Arabic Weekly magazine and the Al-Kharaf magazine TV programme. She was awarded Arts Council England funding for the Eye2Eye project in 2016/17, followed shortly by a commission to co-create the  Audiovisability textile-music fusion entitled The Unheard World, which was hosted at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton in 2017. For this project, Omeima worked in collaboration with acclaimed flautist Ruth Montgomery among others.  More recently she received an award from Unlimited for River Runs Through, and was shortlisted for the Dentons Art Prize, curated by Niamh White.  Omeima is an alumnus of UCA Farnham and Cockpit Arts, and alongside her practice works as a mentor and consultant trainer for emerging artists and young people, working in partnerships with leading organisations, especially those interested in inclusive practices. 

“I am so thrilled to be involved in PROCESSIONS – it is an exciting opportunity for the voices of Deaf women, voices that are rarely heard, to be brought to a wonderful public stage. PROCESSIONS provides Deaf women with a chance to work together to express their unique experience and to celebrate their achievements as we walk in union with our hearing sisters before the world.”

Rudy Loewe working with Womankind Worldwide

Rudy Loewe is a visual artist working with comics, illustrations and printmaking. Rudy is currently studying a Masters in Visual Communication in Stockholm. They have worked with institutions such as Tate, Wellcome Trust and Nottingham Contemporary and a wide range of non institutional spaces. Rudy currently collaborates as part of Collective Creativity – a group of artists focused on creating dialogue around queer artists of colour and black arts history. In 2016 Rudy founded Brown Island, in order to form a space at Konstfack for people of colour. 

“I am excited to be commissioned to create one of the PROCESSIONS’ 100 Groups 100 Banners because it is an opportunity to celebrate the work of women and non-binary folks, who’s histories may have not previously received the recognition they deserve. 

I am pleased to be working with Womankind Worldwide as their focus is the lives of women around the world and together we can create a banner that reflects this. I hope that we can work together to highlight and celebrate the history and fight from women across the world. 

Women’s histories, and especially those that intersect with other identities such as race and class, are often underrepresented. So I think that this is important because it creates a platform to highlight these narratives and share them across generations. Using creativity as a gateway into history can be exciting and playful as well as informative, so I think it is a great initiative.” 

Sadie Williams working with Girlguiding, Youth Advocates Panel

London designer Sadie Williams creates modern, textile driven fashion, juxtaposing modernity with craft. Her combination of sporty tomboyish with grown-up femininity has been a signature since graduating from the CSM MA Fashion Course. She went on to become a Selfridges ‘Bright Young Thing’, was included in ‘Designs of The Year Exhibition’ at The Design Museum and listed as one of Forbes ’30 Under 30′ for The Arts. She’s worked for designers including Marc Jacobs, J.W.Anderson; undertaken projects for Vogue Festival, Manchester Art Gallery, Carhartt, Barbie and designed a collection for & Other Stories. She shows at London Fashion Week since starting her label in 2015, presenting graphic and tactile work that capitalises on her strengths in print and textile innovation. 

“I’m thrilled to be using my passion for textiles whilst collaborating with youth advocates in creating a banner for PROCESSIONS’ 100 Years 100 Banners! I cannot wait to be both creatively and physically involved in demonstrating strength, until, equality and optimism in this powerful and historic procession!”

Twitter: @SadieWilliamsUK

Sarah Maple working with Arcola Women's Company

Sarah Maple is an award winning visual artist known for her bold, brave, mischievous and occasionally controversial artworks that challenges notions of identity, religion and the status quo. Much of Maple’s inspiration originates from being brought up as a Muslim, with parents of mixed religious and cultural backgrounds.

She completed a BA in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2007 and in the same year won the ‘4 New Sensations’ award for emerging artists, run by The Saatchi Gallery. Sarah’s artwork, film and performances have been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including Tate Britain (London), A.I.R Gallery (NY), AGO (Canada), New Art Exchange (Nottingham), Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast) and Kunisthoone (Estonia). 

Sarah’s work has been the subject of documentaries for Sky Arts, ARTE and VPRO. In 2015 she released her first book ‘You Could Have Done This’, a hardback art book of selected works with contributions from Beverley Knowles (curator and writer), Margaret Harrison (artist), Oreet Ashery (artist) and Anne Swartz (professor of Art History). 

Later in 2015, Sarah was awarded a Sky Academy Arts scholarship from Sky Arts, which included funding, mentoring and a Sky Arts documentary. With the scholarship she exhibited a new body of work at New Art Exchange in August 2017.   She recently delivered a Tedx talk on the importance of free speech. Maple lives and works in Sussex, UK.

“It is so important to recognise what women went through to achieve the vote. It reminds us that although so much has changed, there is still so much that needs to be done. It feels like we are in the middle of a really important change right now for women and equality in general and PROCESSIONS is a perfect example of this. I feel so honoured to be asked to be part of this moment in history!”

Sarah-Joy Ford working with Republica Football Team (Leeds) & LGBT Foundation (Manchester)

Sarah-Joy Ford is an artist and curator working with textiles, examining queer feminist narratives, fictions, histories and identities. She has studied at The University of Leeds, The Hungarian University of Fine Art, The School of the Damned and Manchester School of Art. She directed The Guild: Contemporary Textiles, Templeworks (Leeds) and Cut Cloth: Contemporary Textiles and Feminism, The Portico Library (Manchester). Recent exhibitions include Weaving Europe: The World as Mediation, Shelly Residence (Paphos), SuperYonic, Copeland Gallery (London) and Wish You Were Here, Stryx Gallery (Birmingham). She is also the director of SEIZE Projects (Leeds) and editor of the book Cut Cloth: Contemporary Textiles and Feminism.