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PROCESSIONS – Call for Participants


Published on
April 10, 2018


PROCESSIONS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to 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, women* and girls across the UK will 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.

Central to the procession will be a series of banners each made by an artist working in collaboration with a group of women from a different part of the country. The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership are looking for participants to take part in 6 weekly workshops from April to May, working with artist Ruth Ewan to design and make a banner for the area. The banner will draw its inspiration from Charlotte Despard, a social activist and suffragist who lived and worked across East Battersea, Nine Elms and Lambeth at the turn of 20th century.

During the workshop programme participants will explore the life and work of this inspirational and pioneering woman, input into the design of the banner and assist in fabricating the final design. The time commitment will be every Saturday afternoon from 21st April – 26th May and participation in the procession on 10th June.

We are particularly interested in hearing from women with some previous sewing experience. Participants will work with professional embroiderer Laura Lees, who will assist with the making element of the banner and support the participants in gaining new and improved skills in this area – therefore experience of embroidery is not a prerequisite.

If you would like to get involved in the project or would like any further information please contact Rosie Hermon, Nine Elms Arts and Events Manager – / 07920 214428


Workshop Programme (taking place in Nine Elms)

Saturday 21 April, 2-5.30pm

Saturday 28 April, 2-5.30pm

Saturday 5 May, 2-5.30pm

Saturday 12 May, 2-5.30pm

Saturday 19 May, 2-5.30pm

Saturday 26 May, 2-5.30pm


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*those who identify as women or non-binary

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