Better Lives is our initiative to celebrate and promote social responsibility through the work of LCF.
LCF Year of the Woman is a year-long programme of activity led by London College of Fashion, UAL, to celebrate the centenary of Women’s Suffrage in the UK and the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.
This programme includes Processions, where artist Lucy Orta will produce a banner-art work in collaboration with inmates at a women's prison, three panel debates, exploring the future and politics of feminism, as well as a series of pop up performances created by our BA Costume for Performance students, and the exhibition ‘Motive / Motif’, inspired by suffragette-embroidered handkerchiefs.
As part of LCF Year of the Woman, there will be a series of panel discussions hosted by Frances Corner, and this commenced with a New Wave Feminist Publishing discussion in February, as part of our MA18 media and communication exhibition activity.
Check back soon for information on upcoming panel discussions.
Sunday 10 June
Voices of Downview is a participatory art project currently in progress at HMP Downview women’s prison, led by artist Lucy Orta, that engages female inmates and LCF students in the collaborative production of banner artworks. The project aims to connect participants with the legacy of the suffragettes and Holloway prison through craft and textile practice.
LCF is working in partnership with Historic England to deliver the project as part of Artichoke’s mass participation artwork Processions, which celebrates one hundred years of votes for women.
Join us at the central London event. Find out more.
Saturday 19 May 2018 10am - 4pm
Design and embroider your own handkerchief in our drop-in workshop at Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford.
Free entry - register here
Sunday 22nd July 12:00-18:00
Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3BS
London College of Fashion has commissioned twenty renowned as well as emerging artists and designers who have each created an embroidered handkerchief to mark Women’s Suffrage and the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The starting point for this project and exhibition is a handkerchief that was embroidered in 1912 by women suffragettes who were imprisoned at Holloway Prison.
The contemporary handkerchiefs that commemorate the Suffragettes will be exhibited alongside the original 1912 handkerchief which is on loan from the Priest House & Sussex Archaeological Society, West Sussex. This exhibition is part of a vibrant programme of Suffrage Centenary related performance, exhibition, discourse and workshops in collaboration with the Smithsonian, Victoria and Albert Museum, University College London and Sadlers Wells, supported by the London Legacy Development Corporation.