Raising the Banner

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Until 13 December 2019
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Raising the Banner
On until 13 December
Watts Studios - Mary Watts Gallery
Free with admission | Friends free

This display brings to public view the artistic and political work of Mary Watts and, her friend, renowned horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll, whilst also showcasing the work of contemporary artists Charlie Betts and Anna Garrett. The link that connects these four women together, and the focus of the entire exhibition, is the art of banner-making.

Mary Watts and Gertrude Jekyll were deeply involved in the suffragist movement. Aware of the historical significance of banners, the suffragists made them an integral part of their political expression. In 1913, Gertrude Jekyll made a floral banner for the Godalming Branch of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, of which Mary Watts was the president. The banner was carried along the women's suffrage parade of the same year from Godalming to London.

Contemporary artists Charlie Betts and Anna Garrett have interpreted the women's suffrage banners of the past to create their own collaborative banner inspired by the woodland landscape of Limnerslease. This is on display at the entrance to the G F Watts Studio.

The research for this display has been completed by James Boyle, Curatorial Placement student from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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