POW! Community Projects for the 2019 Festival
Photographs by Harriet Bentley
During 2018, POW! was awarded a substantial ‘Woman to Woman’ grant from ROSA, the UK charity for women and girls. This grant helped POW! to continue its valuable work with communities in Thanet throughout the year, in the lead up to the 2019 Festival. With this support, we were able to commission a series of placements which enabled artists Tracie Piesley, Kasia Molga, Carli Jefferson plus Lucy Edematie and Sarah Wyld, to run incredibly diverse projects with participants from Pie Factory Music, Copperfields Retirement Home, Oasis and East Kent Mencap. We would like to thank all teams and participants for their valued support and trust during these projects. All the work was revealed in exhibitions across Thanet during this year’s festival.
Jessica Voorsanger - Still We Rise
POW! worked with artist Jessica Voorsanger and local community groups to create a procession celebrating International Women’s Day, afterwards the amazing banners were exhibited at locations around Thanet.
Carli Jefferson - Reclaiming the Power - a ROSA funded community project.
Carli Jefferson ran amazing sessions with women from the Oasis support group. Each week different materials were given to the group to experiment with producing some wonderful moments of creativity. Women found the love for art they once had being revived and inspiration was released to create varied works of empowerment and determination!
Kasia Molga - Sealabs Edition#1 Reactive Jewellery and the Sea - a ROSA funded community project.
Robotic Fusionist Kasia Molga ran sessions with the young girls at Pie factory Music to make ‘Wearables’ - jewellery or clothes that change in some way when you interact with them!
Sarah Wyld and Lucy Edematie - See Me and Hear my Voice - a ROSA funded community project.
Sarah and Lucy spent two months visiting and talking with women from East Kent Mencap to capture life-stories and incredible personal tales. They created wonderful, large images, whilst words and sounds delve deeper revealing snapshots of the incredible different lives and interests that the women have.
Tracie Peisley - Once Upon a Time - a ROSA funded community project.
Tracie Peisley worked with women who are either living with, or are caring for those who are living with memory loss and dementia from Copperfields, Ramsgate, to make beautiful textile memory books. The deeply emotional sessions produced wonderful memory sharing, and books were completed with collage, paintings and real photographs which can be cherished by the women’s families.
Tomorrow’s Great Pageant
Post Workers Theatre (Dash and Nick) and photographer Jason have been led theatre and photographic workshops for young people at Liberty Training to re-imagine a famous political cartoon from a 1909’s Suffragette play! The first day found the young people learning to create live images or Tableau Vivant using simple camera techniques, and talking about what we mean when we think about Gender, Prejudice or Freedom.
POW! at Margate Pride 2018
On August 11th we took the POW! banner to the amazing Margate Pride procession! For more information about the banner, designed by POW! artist Tracie Peisley, please read down the page.
POW!Projects recently took in part in 'Processions' workshops in association with Turner Contemporary and which were led by artist Jessica Voorsanger. POW! artist Tracie Peisley worked with the wonderful participants from our recent project' Trophies' to make a POW! banner, which was processed through the streets of London on June 10th with other women's groups from around the UK, to celebrate 100 years of Women attaining the vote. This project is the beginning of POW! work that will be funded through our ROSA grants.
In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. On Sunday 10th of June, women* and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London walked together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the PROCESSIONS were a flowing river of colour through the city streets. *those who identify as women or non-binary
This vast artwork is based on an original idea by creative director Darrell Vydelingum. PROCESSIONS was commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and produced by Artichoke. With support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. This project celebrates one hundred years since the first UK women got the right to vote.