This year marks 100 years since the first women in the UK were allowed to vote.
To explore how lives were transformed, and what role the women of Wolverhampton played, contemporary artists, writers and academics are hosting a series of events to mark this important anniversary, and International Women’s Day.
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Saturday 3 March: Asylum Art Gallery meeting for women interested in taking part in a public walk through Wolverhampton on 10 March. Portraits and stories will be collected for a post-walk exhibition, 6pm-9pm at Asylum Art Gallery.
Thursday 8 March: talk by emerging academic and art historian Hannah Squire for International Women’s Day about the forthcoming exhibition Women of Wolverhampton and The Fight for Women’s Equality, celebrating the city’s Suffrage campaigners and their part in the national movement for gender equality. Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 11am to 12 noon, £2 per person.
A seat in which to read: a reading event at the University of Wolverhampton on International Women’s Day. Fragments and excerpts from texts important to women will be read. We hope to open up informal conversations about making space for ourselves and others in education, how we acknowledge and share what we learn from other women, and the intergenerational narratives that emerge through this.
Saturday 10 March: Performance Artist Hannah Taylor and Asylum Art Gallery are looking for participants to take part in their PRESENCE – Silent Walk of solidarity event at 1pm in Wolverhampton. Women will silently walk through the city centre wearing purple sashes and giving out cards with the quote ‘Deeds not Words’. For more details email Hannah at email@example.com
Until Saturday 24 March: Votes for Women is a free exhibition looking at the contribution of women from Wolverhampton in the fight to gain the vote. City Archives, Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SF, Wednesdays 1pm to 7pm, Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm.
Saturday 26 May: Women of Wolverhampton and The Fight for Women’s Equality opens at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, free admission.