We team up with the GLA and Tate Collective for LDN WMN
This October, Jack Arts are excited to be supporting the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Tate Collective on an incredible free outdoor public art exhibition happening all across the capital. The project, LDN WMN, celebrates the impact that 20 unsung women heroes have made to London’s history and forms part of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s year-long #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, commemorating one hundred years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote.
Each of the women has been commemorated in an original piece of public art situated in the area of London where they lived or contributed. The artists behind the incredible new works have all been commissioned by Tate Collective, the Tate’s membership community for 16-25 year olds. All the artists are women, identify as women or non-binary, paying homage to the suffrage movement and the progress made on equality over the last 100 years.
The new artworks can be found everywhere from Brick Lane to Alexandra Palace, Black Cultural Archives to Redbridge Central Library and Museum. Alongside our management of the installation and production of all LDN WMN artworks, Jack Arts were pleased to be able to donate three of our London sites to the project. All of the artworks will be in situ from now until 28th October, with some remaining in place right up until April 2019. You can find out more about the 20 artists and women at london.gov.uk/ldnwmn, and plan your route to see them all using the interactive map here.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said of the project: “Women of every age, background, faith and ethnicity make London the great city that it is – and these new artworks will rightly put the spotlight on the musicians, journalists, campaigners, engineers and designers who have had a fundamental impact on the city we live in. Women remain underrepresented both as the subjects of works of art, and as artists. I’m pleased that LDN WMN is challenging how we celebrate the achievements of women in London, as well as giving a platform to talented artists in London.”
Here is a summary of the three amazing artworks we’re delighted to host at our sites at Gospel Oak Station, Portobello Road and Deptford Station:
– Rudy Loewe’s illustration explores the lives and relationship of Irish poet Eva Gore-Booth and suffragette Esther Roper, political activists and partners that worked together to campaign for women’s rights. The wall-sized comic captures key elements from the pair’s lives, from their suffragette campaigning to their final resting place, together, in Hampstead Cemetery – a stone’s throw from it’s location at our Gospel Oak site.
– Artist Soofiya celebrates the life of LGBTQ+ rights activist Jackie Forster, with their vibrant wall piece located on Portobello Road – just round the corner from Notting Hill where Jackie, also a founder of Sappho, held regular meetings. Soofiya reflects on the depiction of lesbians in mainstream media and art, but also the absence of women of colour from the conversation.
– Shadi Al-Atallah’s artwork remembers the legacy of suffragette Rosa May Billinghurst. Left unable to walk after a childhood bout of polio, Rosa May used a hand-propelled tricycle and was an enthusiastic campaigner for women’s rights, founding the Greenwich branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). She also worked with poor children in local slums in the area – which Al-Atallah has chosen to reflect upon in her artwork on our site opposite Deptford Station.