Junction Arts was delighted to support PROCESSIONS, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a high-profile national project marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, giving the first British women the right to vote.

One hundred women artists worked with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops.

Throughout April, May and June, textile artist Karina Thompson worked with women and girls from across Bolsover to make a banner, representing the female voices of women from the district today. With Karina’s support and encouragement the participants agreed on a brilliant slogan, the perfect embodiment of soft power, Smile, It Confuses Your Enemy. Each participant embroidered and embellished a letter that was then appliquéd onto the digitally printed smiles of 100 women, chosen for their inspirational or life changing lives.

On Sunday the 10th June 2018, after three months of hard work, we travelled to London from Bolsover with our banner, to join thousands of other women and girls from across the country to mark this historic moment and to create a living portrait of women in the 21st century.

Wearing either green, white or violet sashes, the colours of the suffragette movement, the PROCESSION appeared as a flowing river of colour through the streets of London, beginning in Hyde Park and finishing at the Houses of Parliament.

Our banner was a real eye catcher and was photographed constantly throughout the day, and to our delight, was even captured on TV during the live broadcast on BBC 1!

To make the day an even better experience, we commissioned two other artists to join us in London. Mik Godley made drawings of the march on his ipad and Derbyshire Poet Laureate Cathy Grindrod soaked up the atmosphere and wrote a poem entitled Let it Roar! Each participant has also been presented with a copy of the poem and a print of one of Mik’s drawings, as a memento and legacy of a truly amazing day!

Key Information

2018, Bolsover & London

Funders & Supporters

Supported by the Arts Council England Lottery Fund