Sparkle - The National Transgender Charity were recently invited to take part in PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the first British women the right to vote. PROCESSIONS was produced by Artichoke, the UK’s largest producer of art in the public realm, who invited women and girls, and those who identify as women or non-binary, to come together on the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London on Sunday 10th June 2018 to mark the historic moment in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century.
Sparkle were one of 100 organisations working with women artists up and down the country in the lead-up to the event, as part of a programme of creative workshops to create 100 centenary banners. The banners made represent and celebrate the diverse voices of women and girls from different backgrounds across the UK.
"Sparkle also made a banner, based on the model of Emmelyn Pankhurst’s iconic banner, and displaying our very own messages,
'Unity in Diversity' and 'Together we are stronger' with the help of Kate Davies, the graphic designer who's helped shape the Sparkle visual identity over the last two years. This was then beautifully stitched together by the lovely ladies of Manchester Parents Group, Lois Fitzpatrick and Barbara Spence.”