Production of the Borders banner is being managed by the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles.  It is designed by Local artist Deborah Campbell and is being created by groups of women including Girl Guides and U3A, Peebles High School pupils and individuals who are invited to take part in a free textile workshop at the theatre on Saturday 31 March from 10am – 1pm.

One feature of the banner is a mass of leaves each individually embroidered with a word or a name that resonates with women in the 21st century.  Every woman is invited to make a leaf.  Raw materials are available now from the Eastgate Theatre box office.  To be incorporated into the banner just make sure the finished leaf is returned before Friday 14 April.

Artist Deborah Campbell said:

“It is a privilege to take such a simple idea and work with all sorts of women to create a unique representation of them and how they are today.  100 years ago the bicycle gave women independence and self-reliance and was used as a tool to transport suffragettes to protests. The inspiration for the banner will incorporate symbols that represent cycling from 100 years ago to today picking up on the strong connection to cycling in Peebles.”

Helen Marriage, CEO Artichoke said:

“The 100th anniversary of the passing of legislation which made universal suffrage unstoppable is a moment both for celebration and reflection. Individuals and groups up and down the country, including the Scottish Borders, will be at the heart of this UK-wide artwork. What they make and bring to their chosen procession on Sunday 10th of June will form part of a unique living portrait of women today.”

The banner is one of 100 being created in communities across the UK and, following the procession, it will go on to be exhibited at all sorts of events and exhibitions this year and into the future.

Everyone is invited to take part in the Edinburgh procession. All you need to do is register at www.processions.co.uk/register and be able to walk through the town on Sunday 10 June.  The Eastgate Theatre will be running a bus from Peebles to Edinburgh for those who need transport.  To book a place please contact Alex Saunders at alex@eastgatearts.com or tel: 07766383243.  The Edinburgh procession will be one of four on the day, the others being in Belfast, Cardiff and London.   Processions 2018 is expected to be one of the biggest participatory artworks ever staged in the UK.

This event is part of PROCESSIONS, a UK wide mass participation artwork to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage, produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18NOW, based on an idea by Darrell Vydelingum. With support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

*including those who identify as women and non-binary individuals