Wikipedia:GLAM/Protests and Suffragettes
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Protests and Suffragettes is a creative project which recovers and celebrates the histories of women activists in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. It is led by a team of artists, activists, and local historians who are passionate about rediscovering the voices and actions of women who came before us, and in finding creative and inspiring ways to share their work – and their exact words (when we can find them).
The project hosts guided 'artWalks', a hybrid guided-walk/performance happening that uses temporary graffiti, banners, call-and-response techniques (inspired by the Occupy Movement’s ‘Human Megaphone’), chalking, and general merriment to re-voice the words of women back into the spaces they lived and worked. We also conduct oral histories and in-depth archival research, give talks, host creative workshops, self-publish zines, 'redraw' historical posters, devise creative interventions in the public realm, and generally have a good time meeting and chatting together. We also value Wikipedia (obviously ;) and we've hosted a number of Wikipedia Workshops with Wikimedia UK, Glasgow Women's Library, and others.
We have been researching specific protest movements in and around Govan, and the women who led them, since 2013. Our research focus includes the 1915 Rent Strikes, Glasgow’s Suffragettes, the 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilder’s Work-In, and the 1996 Kinning Park Complex Sit-In and community take-over.
Protests and Suffragettes is led by socially-engaged artist t s Beall and began as part of practice-based doctoral research at University of Glasgow Theatre Studies in 2013. Current members include Clare Thompson, Lesley Mitchell, Lydia Levitt, Trish Caird, and others who prefer to remain mysterious.
Crowdfunding - August/September 2020
We raised £20,000 to celebrate the gallus women behind Scotland's radical past. This was double our target!
We are currently creating engaging resources to be distributed to 100 schools and youth groups from the Highlands to the Borders. We will highlight Scotland’s hidden history and the women who led important protests like Mary Barbour (1915 Rent Strikes), Helen Crawfurd (Suffragette), and Agnes Dollan (Women’s Peace Crusade) in a bespoke ‘Scottish Suffragettes’ card game, a zine on women activists, and educational activity packs, which we will provide for free!