Studio Orta is pleased to present the new Historic England commission to commemorate the 100-years of the Suffragette movement, and in memory of 1,000 suffragettes that were imprisoned at Holloway women’s prison during their struggle to obtain the vote.
HMP Holloway in London was one of the most notorious sites associated with the Suffrage movemen. It closed in 2016 and 300 women were moved to HMP Downview. Since January 2018, Lucy Orta has been working with them to design and create a series of stunning banners for the centenary Processions march taking place in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast on June 10, 2018.
The design for the HMP Downview banners draws from historical perspectives on the suffragette campaign, hand-crafts and responsive workshops to collect testimonies, considering what it means to be a woman today, the power of the vote and our shared future. Volunteer students from London College of Fashion have been assisting with the process: See blog The hand-embellished panels have been assembled in Making for Change, an education training facility at HMP Downview established by the Ministry of Justice and LCF that equips prisoners with employability certifications before the end of their sentence.
Produced by Artichoke as part of 14-18 NOW, Processions includes 100 women artists commissioned to work with groups and communities across the UK to mark the centenary of the women’s right to vote, in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century.