Women creating Scotland, creating for Change conference 2018

Richardson, L. (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Description

Creating for Change: Women’s Impact on the Arts, Screen and Creative Industries in Scotland (1918-2018)
11 speakers presenting around women’s creative contributions to Scotland’s history and heritage.

Paper, United voices, celebrated 100 years of womens' suffrage.

This paper combined performance with traditional methods of conference presentation. Celebrating the daring acts of her Scottish suffragette contemporaries Ann McBeth (GSA) and others, 'Miss Richardson' (needlework teacher circa 1918) presented her passionate account of the womens' suffrage movement as an introduction to the foundations for the celebrations in 2018 of 100 years of women's votes. The presentation referenced the 'Processions project' initiated by Arts organisation Artichoke. Working as 1 of 100 artists commissioned by Artichoke, Lindy Richardson connected diverse groups of University staff and students along with women prisoners in the creation of a celebratory banner. The banner led 10.000 women in a procession through Edinburgh to mark the centenary of womens' suffrage. The paper discussed the impact of bringing together individual responses to political topics in one artwork ( a textile banner) giving every participant in the workshops a voice, in this case on a global stage. Fronted by the University of Edinburgh banner, the Scottish march was one of 4 across the UK. The procession project was broadcast on national TV, highlighting the University of Edinburgh's community outreach approach and appeared in multiple national and international press, giving women in prison, University staff and students a united voice in their banner EVERY ONE IS EQUAL. The paper demonstrated positive outreach and the potential of craft as a mechanism for discussion, debate and communication along with the theraputic benefits of making.
Period17 Aug 2018
Event typeConference
Locationglasgow, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational