Swindon Suffragette Festival

We are pleased to announce that in June 2018 we will be holding a series of events to celebrate and commemorate the contribution of Swindon Suffragette Edith New, to the campaign for Votes for Women.

February 2018 marks the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote although not on an equal footing with men – this came later in 1928.

We will share the full details of all events once they are confirmed but in the meantime, you can add the dates to your diary by checking out our Google calendar: Swindon Suffragette calendar

 

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Suffragette Diary from Clavis and Claustra: http://www.clavisandclaustra.co.uk/suffragette

 

 

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Edith New in art

Edith New features in the Illustrated Women in History exhibition which is currently on at Central Library, Swindon.  This is a free exhibition and includes work from the curator, Julie Gough, alongside submissions from other artists, all celebrating women’s achievements.  You can also buy a zine which features Edith on the cover – but get in quick as there are limited copies available – http://www.illustratedwomeninhistory.com/

From Illustrated Women in History artist: Julie Gough

The first time we saw Edith depicted in art was when artist Julie featured her in the project ‘Illustrated Women in History’ but we’ve since seen her cropping up in lots of different mediums. 

Art student Stacy Crasto was able to use photographs and letters held by Edith’s great-niece to create her textile art-work below.

Photo of New College art students’ exhibition displayed in the Outlet Village, Swindon September 2016. Artist: Stacy Crasto
Artist: Stacy Crasto
Artist: Stacy Crasto
You can’t see from the photo but this is the text of a letter written by Edith while in prison and is supposed to depict her words trapped behind bars, but still shared. Artist: Stacy Crasto

Swindon Heritage magazine commissioned local artist Lynette Thomas of Artkore Mosaics to create one of her iconic teapots commemorating Edith New.

Teapot commissioned from Artkore Mosaics
Teapot commissioned from Artkore Mosaics

At the Swindon Suffragette Women’s Exhibition and Craft Sale in October 2016 there was a small display of various portraits of Edith created by the United Community Art Group.

Portraits by various members of the United Community Art Group, exhibited October 2016

Back in September 2016 we were very excited when someone posted on our Facebook page that they had just seen some grafitti artists spraying an image that looked a lot like Edith! We were even more pleased to see the finished mural on Cambria Bridge in Swindon.

Edith features in a mural created by Ed Russell and James Habgood of The Visual Drop in collaboration with young people from ‘The Railway Kids’ youth club organised by the Mechanics’ Institution Trust, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council

And finally, on International Women’s Day 2017 we were sent a song about Edith New by local band the Erin Bardwell Collective, have a listen here: https://erinbardwellcollective.bandcamp.com/track/edith-new

Do you have any Edith inspired art you’d like to share with us?  Check back soon for more information about our art exhibition planned for 2018…

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