Deeds Not Words Programme
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Deeds Not Words Programme

Women with Vision at Royal West of England Academy (RWA)

16 Dec 17 – 11 Mar 18

In a year of national milestones, the RWA marks the impact of female artists on our country’s artistic landscape with four diverse exhibitions of historic and contemporary works. Women with Vision includes works by Cornelia Parker, Sandra Blow, Sonia Lawson, Elisabeth Frink, Anne Redpath and many others.

As well as coinciding with Vote100 celebrations, the exhibitions also commemorate 160 years since the RWA first opened its doors and 250 years since London’s Royal Academy was founded. Featuring members of both Academies, Women with Vision celebrates the pivotal roles the artists have played in the histories of both institutions.

A programme of talks, lectures and tours also accompany the exhibition. Find out more and book your tickets via the RWA website

Lantern Parade Workshops

Late January/Early February 2018

Day long lantern making workshops will be run with five different local communities across Bristol. The workshops will also include talks by historian Madge Dresser about the history of suffrage and historic moments in Bristol. The lanterns will be created in the suffrage colours with messages of hope, celebration of history and commemoration of the barriers women face, painted onto the sides. Two large Suffragette’s will also be made to lead and tail the march. Workshops will be on the following dates:

January 27th at Bishopston Library, 2-5pm

Sunday 28th at Barton Hill Settlement2-5pm

Monday 29th at University of Bristol Students Union, 5.30-8.30pm

Saturday 3rd at Elephant House, Dean Lane, Bedminster2-5pm

Sunday 4th at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 11-4pm

All of our workshops are free and drop in so you do not need a ticket to attend. 

If you can’t make it to one of our workshops find out how to make your own lantern at home here. (Strictly no candles and no open flames).

Bristol Cathedral Events

15th January-1st July 2018

Bristol Women at War 15th January – March

Bristol Women at War examines the types of war work performed by women during WW1 and charts the shift in the workplace as women took on jobs traditionally performed by men. The exhibition will

examine the growth in voluntary work across the City that saw women taking leading and influential roles in organisations like the Bristol Inquiry Bureau and the Red Cross Society, and tell the stories of often unsung ‘sheroes’ including the women who tried to keep families running whilst husbands, sons and brothers were away. The exhibition is presented as part of the Cathedral’s ongoing First World War remembrance.

No Man’s Land 6 April – 1 July

No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives on the First World War, featuring images taken by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and official photographers, as well as contemporary artists directly inspired by the conflict. Commemorating the First World War Centenary, No Man’s Land features photographs by three women of the epoch, alongside three women making work a century later.


Lantern Parade and City Hall Reception, 100 Years of Votes for Women

6th February 2018

A night time lantern lit march from Berkeley Square (BS8 1HB) will travel past Wills Tower, which will be illuminated in Suffragette colours, the march will continue down Park Street arriving at College Green.  Follow our Facebook event page for details as they come. Marchers will be welcomed by speeches and the ‘100 Voices’ girls’ choir singing ‘March of the Women’ and a newly commissioned centenary contemporary piece, among other entertainments.  Come to the parade wearing suffragette colours (green, purple and white) and make sure you wrap up warm!

Before the parade Bristol Cathedral will be holding a special service and Choral Evensong to commemorate the centenary of the introduction of women’s suffrage…

Choral Evensong at Bristol Cathedral

Join Bristol Cathedral for a special Choral Evensong, sung by the Cathedral’s girl choristers and adult singers. The service, led by Cathedral Chaplain Revd Sarah Evans, will include prayers to commemorate the centenary of the introduction of women’s suffrage. The service is free to attend and all are welcome. Come and sit in the Quire, or watch the service from the Nave. After the service, we will make our way up to Berkeley Square for the beginning of the Lantern Parade and Procession.

Lighting a Candle at Bristol Cathedral

Throughout the day on Tuesday 6 February, from 8am – 5pm, Bristol Cathedral are welcoming visitors to light a candle to commemorate the centenary of the introduction of women’s suffrage and to remember and pray for the women who are important in our city and lives. All are welcome and admission is free.

What the Frock! Comedy and Bristol Women’s Voice Present

2nd March 2018

For one night only, Bristol’s award-winning all-female comedy night What The Frock! is back, back, back. This very special, one-off comedy show is a fundraiser for the charity Bristol Women’s Voice and is part of BWV’s series of events throughout 2018 celebrating the centenary of (some) women finally receiving the vote. Our phenomenally popular compere CERYS NELMES is returning as your host for the evening and will introduce a star-studded line-up that includes KATE SMURTHWAITE, ATHENA KUGBLENU, AMY MASON and the incomparable ADA CAMPE. Tickets are available here.

Bristol International Women’s Day

3rd March 2018


Come and celebrate women with us on Saturday 3rd March 2018! 100 years since some British women gained the vote, we’re taking over City Hall to remember the influential suffrage movement in Bristol and draw attention to the successes we have achieved and the challenges still ahead. We’re marking International Women’s Day 2018 with an exciting and packed programme of music, interactive theatre, workshops, hot topic debates and much, much more. With a crèche and child friendly activities, this is the biggest International Women’s Day event in Bristol and we hope you can make it. Save the date!
More information about the programme and how to be a part of it will be coming soon – follow our facebook events page to stay up to date.

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival

16-18th March 2018

Organised by Women’s Literature Festival, the programme will include:

  • Spoken Word Launch Party
  • Women writing today: a celebration of contemporary writers
  • 1918 – 2018: Feminism 100 years after suffrage 
  • Writing YA: organised in partnership with Cotham School and Rife
  • Why we love talking about books: The Read Women project discusses our relationship with reading 
  • Schools workshops: Workshops will introduce 6th form students at Backwell, Cotham and Bristol Cathedral to work by women modernist writers. This ties in with the themes of novel The Red Deeps.
  • Children’s workshop partnering

Women of The Year Awards

12th April 2018

The Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Women of the year Awards are all about celebrating inspiring female role models across our two cities. With new research showing that UK is missing out on a £10.1 billion economic boost by not doing enough to support women in business, these role models are more important than ever. The winners and finalists of this year’s awards set a glowing example to the next generation. They are the pioneers working to narrow the gender gap in business; inspiring young women with the confidence to go out and make their mark.

£4 waged/£3 unwaged

Bristol Ensemble At St Georges Bristol Notes For Women

28th April 2018

Organised by St Georges Bristol, this will be a year long celebration of music by women composers through the ages: bringing to light neglected names from the past and new voices for our time.  The events will inspire and engage audiences of all ages with adventurous and wide ranging concerts, sharing individuals’ stories in the context of women’s suffrage. New music commissions will be created to swell the repertoire & create legacy. An outreach programme & workshops will inspire the next generation of composers & performers. 

More information can be found about the events here.

Future Brunels (International Women In Engineering Day)

18th-23rd June 2018

The SS Great Britain Trust’s Future Brunels programme, launched in 2011, is committed to giving young people real-world experiences – working closely with school and industry. From exploring the science behind the rollercoasters at Thorpe Park, discovering forensic science at a ‘Crime Scene House’ or learning about the latest animation technology with Aardman, the programme aims to inspire students to consider career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2018, the Trust’s education team and the Society of Women Engineers are developing a hands-on science event particularly aimed at encouraging young women to consider studying STEM subjects and showcase the range of exciting career options available in this field. More details to follow soon.

Votes for Women at MShed

30th June 2018

A one-day event at M Shed in May 2018 informing the city about its rich suffrage history:

  • Screening of the film ‘Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film’
  • UWE drama students performing the short play How the Vote Was Won, written by Cicely Hamilton in 1913
  • Contemporary panel discussion on what the vote has done for women
  • A women’s suffrage walk by Lucienne Boyce, author of “Bristol Suffragettes”
  • An introduction to women’s suffrage in Bristol by Lucienne Boyce and June Hannam
  • ‘Meet the experts’ stall to discover local women’s history and how to do your own research
  • A ‘Voting Booth’ by Dreadnought Southwest to hear stories about local pioneering women.
  • Activities for children facilitated by the Children’s Scrapstore.

UpFest: Women & Walls

28th–30th July 2018

Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival, attracting over 350+ artists painting 35 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville, Bristol from 28th-30th July. Talented artists travel from 40+ countries and across the UK to paint live on 40,000 sq ft of surfaces in front of 50,000 visitors.  The festival had a media reach in 2017 of 498 million! Upfest plans to commission four female Street Artists to mark the centenary with work exploring and celebrating the Suffrage Movement. This will include an international female artist and two British Artists. One piece will celebrate the history of suffrage, a second will look at present day women’s lives, and the third will look to the future for women’s rights. In 2008 Upfest had only 5% female artists by 2017 this has increased to 25%, their goal for 2018 is to push this past 30%.

Conversations with Suffragettes

10th-16th October 2018 (Local Democracy Week)

Actors and volunteers dressed as Bristol suffragettes will be out and about  in the city at places such as supermarkets, bus stops, buses,schools and community centres. The Suffragettes will engage people in conversation about the importance of women gaining the vote and why it is important for modern day women to use their vote and how this can raise women’s policies up the political agenda

Bristol Radical History Group

October 29th 2018

BRHG are screening MAKE MORE NOISE! Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema at The Cube Cinema on May 7th. This film highlights the passion and media savvy of the suffragette’s struggle, offering a fascinating portrait of British women during this time. “You have to make more noise than anybody else” Emmeline Pankhurst

£4 waged/£3 unwaged

Women’s Landmarks: A Site Specific & Digital Game. A collection of digital site specific games, designed and built by young women in Bristol.

The games tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement through interaction with place and history. The games will be designed to fit with a specific location/story. To play participants will scan the QR code on a floor decal which gives access to that location’s games. The decal will have a short overview of the historic event so it also acts as a temporary plaque about suffrage history in Bristol. The project will be led by Dr Constance Fleuriot (Women In Games Ambassador) and founder of Bristol Women’s Tech Hub, partnering with Girrrl Games. The games will be developed and built by young women aged 13-18, with two day workshops being run at three different locations across Bristol. The programme takes participants through game development, from concept to design and delivery. The workshops will include talks from inspirational women in the tech industry, and a site visit to the location their game is based on with Madge Dresser – a leading women’s suffrage historian. The games will go into a competition with the public voting for an  audience award and also a professional award selected by a panel of industry experts. The winning game design team will be given ongoing mentorship following the programme.

Your Future Your Choice

A series of events throughout 2018 bringing girls from years 6 and 11 together from six schools at each event. Girls will meet inspirational women role models on identity and empowerment with an emphasis on delivering positive change. Girls discuss what changes they would like to make in school and in their lives and how to do it. The girls will also plan future events.

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