Film from the March4Women, in London, UK on 4 March 2018. Made to support the pop-up installation Grace Before Meat by Jane Glennie & Louise Anderson at the Stanley Picker Gallery Lobby, Kingston University, London on 7 March 2018.
Grace Before Meat (2018) is a collaborative project between Kingston School of Art graduates, Louise Anderson and Jane Glennie. Having researched the archives of the Suffragette Movement and taken part in the Women’s March on Sunday 4 March, and during the week of International Women’s Day, they created an installation within the Gallery’s lobby. The title is adopted from a satirical leaflet about the force feeding of Suffragette prisoners.
The work is a memorial to the men and women imprisoned in the name of suffrage while mulling over the present scenario for women. A Roll of Honour, compiled anecdotally circa 1950, documents 1094 people imprisoned in the period 1905–1914. Many names are partial, and it is highly likely that many more had already been forgotten. The names we do have were assembled in situ and laid on a lawn, signifying the importance of remembrance in the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings tell us that gender parity is still over 200 years away. One hundred years on from the Act, the campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is #PressforProgress.