DASH was one of 100 organisations working with women artists up and down the country to create banners to celebrate the centenary of the first votes for women.
The banner-making workshops used text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women's suffrage campaign and the workshops created spaces to consider the power of the vote today and our shared future. The banners represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.
The lead artist for DASH was Anne Marie Lagram, a Shropshire based artist who recently completed an Arts Council funded project called Medgel – Portrait of a Witch https://amlartist.com/
DASH worked with The Hive, SAND, Participate Artspace and Quatt Viallge Hall to create a series of inclusive workshops for all women* from March - June 2018.
Exhibition of Google Arts and Culture Images
Each of the banners was photographed for the Google Arts and Culture webpage back in 2019. We are delighted to confirm that the webpage has now gone live and you are welcome to look through the online exhibition and find the Banner made by DASH and The Shropshire Subversive Stitchers.
The ultra-high resolution camera used to take the photos mean that you can zoom into the images and see each stitch in extraordinary detail. Please visit the webpage here.
Women Making History Book
The book, Women Making History, is an illustrated companion to the banners produced for PROCESSIONS and is the first opportunity to see each of the 100 banners up close in all their glorious detail, using the photos that were taken by Google Arts and Culture.
Many of you who pre-ordered your copies should have received them by now. If you would like to order your copy now you may do so here, taking advantage of the special discounted price of £20 (rrp£25) plus p&p. Simply use the code PROCESSIONS at checkout when making your order: https://processions.myshopify.com
DASH PROCESSIONS workshops were supported by Artichoke, Western Power Distribution and Shropshire Council.
Part of PROCESSIONS, a UK-wide mass participation artwork to mark 100 years of women's suffrage, produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, based on an idea by Darrell Vydelingum
PROCESSIONS was produced by Artichoke, the UK's largest producer of art in the public realm, as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK's official arts programme for the First World War centenary.
PROCESSIONS invited women* and girls across the UK to come together on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10 June 2018 to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century.
* women and those who identify as non binary.
PROCESSIONS was commissioned by 14-18 NOW and produced by Artichoke. 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.
PROCESSIONS Cardiff was produced by Artichoke in partnership with Festival of Voice and Wales Millennium Centre.