This International Women’s Day Scottish Refugee Council is delighted to announce the launch of our new arts project, PROCESSIONS.

Over the next four months we will join women across the UK to create a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the first British women the right to vote. 

We will work with a group of women artists from a refugee background to explore broader themes of women’s rights and women’s political engagement from an international perspective. 

The banner-making workshops will focus on text and textiles, echoing the practices of the women’s suffrage campaign.  The finished banners  will represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.

On June 10 we will join women and girls on the streets of Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London to mark this historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the UK today.

Soizig Carey, Arts Officer at Scottish Refugee Council said: 

“We’re excited to bring together a group of women from the refugee community in Glasgow whose creativity and talent will be on show as part of this historic celebration. We’ll be using textile design techniques to create a banner to make sure refugee women in Scotland have a voice on June 10th. We’re particularly pleased to be working with Paria Goodarzi as the lead artist on our project and to work with Glasgow’s Women’s Library as a partner.”

Scottish Refugee Council is one of 100 organisations working with women artists up and down the country in the lead-up to the event, as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops to create 100 centenary banners which will form part of this vast artwork.

PROCESSIONS is coordinated 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.

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Chris Pettigrew
Author: Chris Pettigrew