Cataloguing posters credit Feminist Archive South and Lisa Brook
Posters credit Feminist Archive South
Posters credit Feminist Archive South

Hatpins to Hashtags launches in Glastonbury: celebrating women’s activism then and now!

An exciting new project is launching at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury on 2 September before touring the South West until December. The project, Hatpins to Hashtags from Feminist Archive South, is one of only eight projects across the UK that received a large grant from the Government Equalities Office to celebrate the centenary of some women getting the vote.

In addition to a unique, fortnight-long exhibition, Politics and Protest: Posters from the Women’s Liberation Movement, showcasing posters from Feminist Archive South’s rich collection, there will be free events and workshops to provide opportunities for reflection, lively discussion and action on Feminist issues now – in the age of the Hashtag.

Sue Tate, FAS Trustee, commented:

“We’re honoured to have been selected, and we’re really looking forward to being able to share posters from the archive with communities across the South West. Our launch event on 2 September, will include conversations, crafts and workshops and during the 2-week run there will be a programme of Feminist Futures and Digital Democracy workshops – we’ll be publishing more details on our website very soon, and please do follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Our hashtag is #hatpinstohashtags ”.

After Glastonbury, the exhibition will travel to Weston-super Mare, Taunton, Bridport and then finally, Plymouth.

Tim Knock, Director and Arts and Events Manager at Red Brick Building said:

“We’re delighted to be hosting the first of the Hatpins to Hashtags exhibitions. Our vision is for Red Brick to become a pioneering centre for arts and culture in Somerset and this project highlights important ongoing debates that affect all our lives, locally and nationally. We believe strongly in placing young people at the centre of community life, so we’re particularly pleased that this project is offering opportunities for young people to learn more about the diverse histories of feminist activism and explore how current debates on gender equality impact all our lives now.”

The Feminist Futures strand will launch a series of interactive and creative workshops questioning how far have we come and what’s next for the future of gender equality? ‘Feminist Poetry and Creative Writing’ and ‘Art and Activism’ workshops are free and are open to anyone aged 16-30. Places are limited but you can reserve your place now via the project website.

Registration is also open for the Digital Democracy workshops (free, and open to all women over 16). These day-long workshops will introduce some of the global movements currently seeking to build a fairer and more inclusive digital world, and focus on practical ways of getting started with free and open source software and taking direct action.