‘Inspirational art that packs a feminist punch’
Artist Tracy Satchwill looks at the journey of British women over the last 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta. Tracy is creating a four-piece panel of notable women and men that have had an influence on British women and their long and arduous journey towards individual rights and freedoms. The playful and theatrical collage is inspired by stained glass windows, the main visual art form of the Magna Carta era, and set in a wood with flowers and fauna with key women and men on a pathway, which is the Magna Carta scroll itself. Featured women will include Mary Wollstoncraft, Emily Pankhurst, Catherine of Aragon, Janet Horne (last woman in the British Isles to be executed for witchcraft), Barbara Castle, Laura Bates (Everyday Sexism Project) and Heidi Mirza, who comments on the work as ‘inspirational art that packs a feminist punch’. There are also a few men included such as John Stuart Mill and George Lansbury, who championed women’s rights and of course King John, who signed the charter.
Tracy creates her collages by photographing local people, who act out the characters. She then digitally creates clothes, props and backgrounds from various sources including her extensive collection of photographs and objects. She also uses her illustrations and print work. The images are superimposed one on top of another to create some wonderfully rich and colourful scenes.
Her project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Royal Holloway, University of London, and will be visiting Guildhall Art Gallery, Royal Holloway, University of London, Sarum College, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Brunel University, Runnymede pop up museum, Surrey Historic Centre and lots of other exhibition spaces.
#MagnaCartaWomen Tour Dates:
10th November 2014 – 9th January 2015: Brixham Sea Works, Brixham, Devon
23rd January – 1st March: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracy, Devon
11th – 30th March: Maidenhead Library, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Artist Talk Tuesday 17th at Maidenhead Library from 7.30pm. Tickets £5. Click here for more information & to buy tickets.
8th April – 15th May: Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex. Work will be on display in the Atrium at Eastern Gateway. Visitors to report to reception for parking.Click here for more information.
25th May – 17th June: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey. Click here for more information.
20th – 28th June: Pop-Up Museum, United Reform Church, Runnymede, Surrey.
1 – 7 July: Surrey History Centre, Woking, Surrey. Click here for more information.
8 – 14th July: Egham Library, Egham, Surrey. Click here for more information.
15th – 21st July: Epsom Library, Epsom, Surrey. Click here for more information.
22nd – 28th July: Caterham Valley Library, Caterham, Surrey. Click here for more information.
29 July – 4 August 2015: Oxted Library, Oxted, Surrey. Click here for more information.
5 – 11 August 2015: Dorking Library, Dorking, Surrey. Click here for more information.
12 – 18 August 2015: Godalming Library, Godalming, Surrey
19 – 25 August 2015: Farnham Library, Farnham, Surrey. Click here for more information.
26 – 30 August 2015: Haslemere Library, Haslemere, Surrey. Click here for more information.
2 September – 22 September: Guildhall Art Gallery, London. Click here for more information.
25 September – 24 October 2015: Sarum College, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Click here for more information.
To find out more about the UK tour, check out Tracy’s website, blog, follow #MagnaCartaWomen on Twitter and Facebook, or pop onto her Pinterest board #MagnaCartaWomen.
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