This year UK Parliament celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act (1918) which gave all men, and some women, the vote for the first time. In the same year the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was also passed, which allowed women to become MPs. Subsequently, the general election of December 1918 saw women vote and stand for the first time in history.
In celebration of this anniversary, students from Wyvil School’s Language Centre joined arts educator and curator Samantha Lippett to explore ways of protesting and voicing issues personal to their own lives, such as the environment, war and poverty. The groups produced banners, placards and protest slogans, as well as engaging in a final ‘demonstration’ outside of Gasworks Gallery. Two films were produced to document the day by Samantha Lippett and filmed by Leah Morris and were screened in a special Vote 100 assembly at Wyvil School this March.