International Women's Day

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8 March 2018
Watts Studios

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Thursday 8 March
11am - 5pm
Watts Studios

Equality was a key concern of George and Mary Watts. Join us to mark one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act in 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time.

See our new display Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist. Mary was a significant figure in the local suffrage movement. She became President of the Godalming branch of the NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies), was a prominent participant in the Great Suffragist Pilgrimage that travelled through Surrey and held newspaper-worthy suffrage meetings at Limnerslease.

Join us for curator and expert-led talks and readings from Mary's diaries throughout the day in the Watts Studios. Drop in to our Clore Learning Studio to make crafts inspired by the Suffrage movement with students from the University of Creative Arts.

Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
11am - 5pm
Watts Studios
Free with admission

Showcasing images of Mary Watts alongside newspaper clippings, which record her participation in the Great Suffragist Pilgrimage and her impassioned speech at a 1913 meeting, this display articulates the central role Mary played in local suffrage networks. It also features some of the strong female figures and symbols of freedom that appear in Mary Watts's work, including a Compton Pottery terracotta figure of St Joan of Arc, the patron saint of the suffragettes.

Clore Learning Studio
Free with admission

2pm: Dr Lucy Ella Rose: 'Mary Watts and Woman's Suffrage: Art and Activism'. Following Lucy Ella's talk you will be invited to help write a collaborative International Women's Day Manifesto for women in Surrey.

3pm: Tessa Kilgarriff, Watts Curatorial Fellow: 'Broken Glass: Suffragette Action in Museums'

4pm: Desna Greenhow, Reading from Mary Watts's Diaries

Crafts in the Clore Learning Studio
Drop in 11am - 5pm
Free with admission

Drop into our Clore Learning Studio to make crafts inspired by the Suffrage movement with students from the University of Creative Arts. Have a go at embroidery, banner making and badge making in the same room that Mary Watts shared her making skills with the local community. Enjoy printmaking inspired by the symbol of the pelican – a bird used in Mary Watts's work to represent female strength and selflessness.

Dr Lucy Ella Rose, Suffragists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image
Mary Watts Gallery at Watts Studios
£3 | Pre-booking required

Join Dr Lucy Ella Rose and guests for the launch of her publication, Suffragists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image. Hear extracts and purchase a signed copy. Tickets are limited.

International Women's Day is held in partnership with the University of Surrey and University of the Creative Arts.

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