PROCESSIONS

Oriel Myrddin Gallery are very proud to have been asked to be part of PROCESSIONS – a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.

On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, to form a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

One hundred women artists have been commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS. At Oriel Myrddin Gallery we will be working with textile artist Rhiannon Williams and an inter-generational group of women including teenagers from Dr M’z youth club in Carmarthen.

Our first session brought together 13 women and girls ages ranging from 13 to 71. We talked about what it means to be a woman, the struggle for equality and the portrayal of women in the media. We used magazines to create mood boards answering the question – what does a strong woman look like? We then worked on our own individual symbols to represent the qualities needed to be a strong and free woman.

The conversation meandered on the theme – some of the older women were shocked by the endless portrayal of women semi-naked with perfect hair, skin and teeth in the magazines. I was surprised that the younger girls hadn’t heard of the #metoo campaign. We all agreed on the concept of a sisterhood as a powerful one.

Everyone is invited to play a part in PROCESSIONS – one of the largest participatory artworks ever created.

Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, PROCESSIONS marks 100 years since the first women in the UK won the vote. It was a big moment and it needs to be celebrated in a really big way!

On Sunday 10th June 2018 you are invited to join four epic PROCESSIONS in the four political capitals of the UK. Women and girls, those who identify as women and non-binary individuals of all ages, persuasions, races, cultures, abilities, political affiliations and backgrounds are invited to create a living portrait of women today and walk with banners, pennants and flags they have made to express the lives, ideas and hopes of women in the 21st century.

To register to go to www.processions.co.uk.

 

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