To commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, 100 Banners are being created by communities across London to feature in various events in the capital to mark the anniversary of women first getting the vote.
Partnering with museums, archives and arts organisations across Greater London, Digital Drama have been working with community groups and artist Becci Kenning of www.art-in-transit.com to create 100 Banners inspired by the suffrage banner collection held in the archives of the Women’s Library at LSE.
100 Banners is an artistic response to the campaigns run by Suffragettes and Suffragists in their ambition to achieve women’s equal voting rights. The artistic process captures and celebrates the decorative craft skills historically associated with women’s art, and explores their political and subversive potential.
To mark the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, the 100 Banners will be part of the national commemorations and be processed at the March4Women on March 4th from Parliament to Trafalgar Square, led by Helen Pankhurst, will feature at the Royal Albert Hall on International Women’s Day on March 8th, and at the WOW Festival at the Southbank on the 10th and 11th of March 2018. 100 Banners will then be displayed at the Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre and various partner venues around Greater London during 2018.
Project Partners for 100 Banners include; Museum of London, Kensington Royal Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London, Museum of Croydon, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Headstone Museum, Brent Museum, artsdepot, Anstee Bridge, Merton Heritage and Studies Centre and various WI groups across London.
100 Banners is funded by a £95,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £2,900 from the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames.