Monkey Lady, HM Prison Peterborough, Koestler Awards 2017
POSTER GIRLS London Transport Museum Until January 2019 Shining a spotlight on 20th and 21st century female graphic designers over the last 100 years, this exhibition unearths forgotten design heroines and reveals their hidden stories. 100 YEARS ON The Koestler Trust (various locations) From 1st March 2018 The prison arts charity will be exhibiting paintings, drawings, sculptures and poems by women in prison in important venues and public buildings across the UK. #Vote100 Suffrage Posters Cambridge University Library Until March 31st 2018 For the first time ever, the library will be displaying rediscovered suffrage posters from their collection. Follow the exhibition on Twitter with the hashtag #ulArtofSuffrage. At last! Votes for Women The Women’s Library at LSE 23rd April – 31st August 2018 To mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, the library will present suffrage banners, artefacts and archives from the three main suffrage groups.
will showcase pieces later this spring. Running alongside the exhibitions is Vote 100: a four- year parliamentary project to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. It is important to note that, until this date, women – like convicts – had no parliamentary rights. Those who opposed this inequality, such as suffragette Mary Leigh, could in turn become convicts themselves.
women in prison in important venues and public buildings throughout the UK. Chair of the Koestler Trust, Dame Anne Owers, says: “Many of those who fought for women’s suffrage themselves experienced prison, and so it’s appropriate that the art trail showcases the achievements of women now in prison.” A century on from women winning the right to vote, women are fighting very different battles, but the power of art lives on. As one of the artists from HM Prison Low Newton explains: “I love to be creative as it sets my mind, heart and soul free even though my physical body is imprisoned.”
In honour of those who gave up their freedom for others,
the prison arts charity the Koestler Trust has
committed to exhibiting 100 framed paintings, drawings, sculptures and poems by
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