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Creative Festival of Thrift sessions to celebrate 100 years of votes for women

The Festival of Thrift is hosting a series of free workshops for women and girls in the Tees Valley in April and May to design one of 100 unique banners to be featured in a celebratory mass participation artwork in London to mark the centenary of women gaining the vote in the UK.

The artist-led hands-on sessions in Redcar and Middlesbrough will make pennants and flags and help design a Festival of Thrift banner to feature as part of PROCESSIONS in London on Sunday 10th June.

Organised by arts body Artichoke, which works with artists to create extraordinary and ambitious public art around the UK, PROCESSIONS will feature women and girls creating a living portrait of women in the 21st century, wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, and appearing as a flowing river of colour through the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on 10th June.

The Festival of Thrift is one of one hundred organisations and communities across the UK invited by Artichoke to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS.

The artworks will also be showcased as part of the 2018 Festival of Thrift which this year takes place from 22-23 September after a launch parade and party on Friday 21 September.

Open to all women and girls, the banner-making workshops offer the opportunity to participate and learn a range of skills including printmaking, collage, applique and silk-painting.


VenueKirkleatham Museum, Redcar, TS10 5NW

Dates and time: Friday 20th & 27th April and 4th, & 11th May 10.30-12.30

Final drop in session: 20th May 1.30-3.30pm


VenueNavigator North, Dundas House, Dundas Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1HY

Dates and time: Drop in Session May 8th, 15th & 22nd, 10am -12 noon

Further details and to book:

REDCAR – 01642 496400 or email


Drop in for one session or sign up to 6.  The workshops are open to women and girls only. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

PROCESSIONS is produced by Artichoke, which is also responsible for the celebrated Lumiere Festival in Durham and the Sultan’s Elephant in London, and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Culture Media and Sport.

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