Processions, Artichoke Productions  Collaboration with Republica Internationale Women’s Football Team and LGBT Foundation, Manchester    This processions project celebrates women’s football and the radical possibilities for social change that it can bring. The banner raises the issues of ongoing sexism and homophobia faced by women in sport. Much anti-homophobia campaigning in sports has focused on men’s experiences, where as this collaboration focuses on the unique challenges of being female and gay. The banner champions grass roots football, in particular explicitly anti-fascist teams like Republica Internationale as spaces for celebrating LGBT people, and challenging ongoing discrimination.    Women’s rights belong to all women, and therefore we must have inclusion, representation and solidarity for all women before we have true equality.   More about Processions    PROCESSIONS was a once-in-a-lifetime mass participation artwork which celebrated one hundred years of votes for women.     In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on, we invited women* and girls across the UK to come and mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century. On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London came together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, the   PROCESSIONS appeared as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.     One hundred women artists were commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops.
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