Citz joins Artichoke's Processions

Posted on: 27 February 2018

Written by: Sarah Teale

It’s time to celebrate the centenary of (some!) UK women first getting the vote, and we are honoured to announce that we will be commemorating the historic event with Artichoke as one of 100 organisation’s taking part in its once-in-a-lifetime Processions project.

Artichoke is one of the country’s leading creative companies, producing extraordinary live events. For Processions, a group of artists have been commissioned to work with 100 community groups to create 100 centenary banners to celebra a century since UK women first got the right to vote.

A group of female Cardboard Citizens’ Members will be creating Cardboard Citizens’ banner; working together in a programme of workshops alongside a specially commissioned artist who will be announced shortly. Our contribution will add to the diverse artwork across the event, representing and celebrating the voices of women and girls from different backgrounds.

The banners will be brought together at a march on 10th June 2018, where participants will wear Suffragettes’ green, white and violet to form flowing bands of colour through the streets. Processions aims to be a celebratory mass participation artwork to create a living portrait of women today.

Helen Marriage, Artichoke’s CEO said: “Processions is an invitation to women [and those who identity as women or non-binary] and girls across the country to become part of a vast artwork that will celebrate what was achieved one hundred years ago, and asks what that means to women today. The 100th anniversary of the passing of legislation which made universal suffrage unstoppable is a moment both for celebration and reflection.

"With this 14-18 NOW commission, Artichoke has been given an exciting opportunity and honour to respond to this historic moment for women with a new work that will recognise the past while emphatically placing that moment in the contemporary.”

If you feel inspired to take part in this historic event with us, women and girls can sign up to join the march and keep up to date with other opportunities here. Check back on our website for updates as we prepare to march and celebrate in June!