#MeToo ; Women got the vote-now they get a voice as cultural bodies mark centenary or female suffrage
lighting female artists
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Both #MeToo and # TimesUp-social movements organized major in response to the misogynist treatment of women in positions of power-have recently dominated headlines, making it clear that Western society is still a long way from achieving gender equality. This year, in what could be seen as an ironic twist of fate, the UK celebrates the centenary of female suffrage and the passing of the people Act 1918, which is the vote for the first time.
Tomorrow (February 6), the British prime minister Theresa May will launch the UK Parliament’s Vote 100 program or events at a reception in Westminster Hall. With every female British member of Parliament-fit and present-invited, it is expected to be the largest meeting of female UK politicians ever organized. Throughout the year, exhibitions are planned across the country, but three cultural organizations are staging year-long programs to mark the occasion.
The National Trust’s Women and Power program brings the anniversary celebrations to the buildings and parks across the UK. For its main show, A Woman’s Place (May 17-November 4), six artists-including the 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid-will exhibit at the grand country house of Knole in Kent. Commissioned works will uncover the miniature paintings of Knole’s overlooked staff in the building’s courtyards.
The trust is also collaborating with London’s National Portrait Gallery for a touring exhibition about the suffragette campaign. The show-which opens in April at the Workhouse in Nottinghamshire before traveling to Killerton, Devon, August and to Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland, November-will bring objects and works from the two collections, including surveillance photographs or “militant suffragettes” “That were issued to the
gallery by Scotland Yard at the height of the women’s violent campaigning.
The Foundling Museum in London, which explores the history of the UK’s first children’s charity, the Founding Hospital, plans to replace the portraits of its male governors. Although the men’s portraits have hung in the main picture gallery for almost 300 years, there is no mention of the women without whom the institution may have existed. The Ladies of Quality and Distinction (21 September-13 January 2019) aims to bring together portraits of women from private collections in the UK. The exhibition will go to £ 20,000 through a four-week crowdfunding campaign that has been launched earlier this month.
“We are genuinely helping to put these women back in the frame. The role of these women has been told, “says the museum’s director, Caro Howell.
Meanwhile, Art on the Underground, which commissions works for London’s Tube transport system, has invited an all-female cast of artists to create works in the city this year. New Tube-map covers by the artists Geta Bratescu and Marie Jacotey are due to be in the spring, and, in June, Heather Phillipson will fill an 80m-long disused platform at Gloucester Road station with a site-specific installation of sculpture and digital works. Later in the year, Linder will create a billboard at Southwark station and Njideka Akunyili Crosby will bring a painted collage to Brixton.
The program aims to address a “structural gender imbalance that is prevalent in the arts and, in particular, the public arts”, according to a statement. It cites a 2017 study by the Freelands Foundation that found only 17% of recent listed post-war public art sculptures were by women. “There is no single women’s voice in art-there are, however, many urgent voices that can challenge the city’s structures or male power,” says Eleanor Pinfield, the head of Art on the Underground. “We have to work harder to make sure that we are being truly representative.”
The grand Westminster Hall will be recreated and parliamentary debates. These include the Chamber, the Fan, the Cage and the Tomb. Items from the Parliamentary collections will go on show alongside some special private loans, including personal items from the family or Alice Hawkins, a suffragette from Leicester who was jailed five times for campaigning for women’s rights.