Government Equalities Office. Women’s Centenary Fund.
May 02, 2018
We have just finished a short project using the arts to improve wellbeing with women to create a celebratory exhibition in a community café run by young people with additional needs. The exhibition will increase awareness of the suffragette movement and Norwich/Norfolk women that were involved in this and in civic life, such as, Grace Marcon, Marian Aitken and Dorothy Jewson.
We have researched the lives of these women for inspiration to make up to 30 contemporary, mixed-media/textile pieces. They have learnt several textile techniques e.g. image transfer, embroidery, screen printing and applique to create them. The women have found it really interesting and have enjoyed discussing the movement and how the women were treated and that they thought they were very brave and strong to stand up for women’s rights.
The artwork will be exhibited for four weeks at The White Lion Café which is the centre of Norwich. There will be a private view for invited guests. We will also arrange a time for the women to share what they have learnt with the young people so that they have more understanding and can also talk to customers about the exhibition. The café is a community project run by Parkside School and Sixth Form. It was started in order to give young people with additional needs the opportunity to gain valuable work and life skills in a supported city centre environment. We also hope to display the artwork in a local library after the exhibition finishes.