A Level Art and Design Workshop: Art and Activism
These A Level Art and Design workshops and resources were created by the Feminist Archive South at the University of Bristol and funded by the Government Equalities Office. The Hatpins to Hashtags project enabled young people to celebrate and participate in the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage by engaging with women’s activism and the democratic process. In 2018 we engaged over 300 young people to use the Feminist Archive to think critically about gender equality over the last century and draw courage from historical campaigns to make their own voices heard.
The workshops were delivered in schools, colleges and youth groups across the South West and students’ artwork was displayed alongside our touring exhibition of posters Politics and Protest. Students had the opportunity to think critically about how contemporary issues of gender, identity and protest affect their generation and make their voices heard through a creative, archival exploration of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
Art and Activism
These resources draw inspiration from a wide range of feminist artists to consider how mediums such as screen-printing, collage and DIY zines allowed artists and activists to break down barriers to communicating their messages. We share how to explore the creative possibilities of collage and design with archival materials as we did in our workshops, questioning what it means to reshape the images of political protest movements to envision feminist futures.