Thurrock team behind Silk River create ‘mass’ artwork to mark women’s suffrage

Part of one of the banners taking part in PROCESSION Photo: Peter Bolton


Renowned Thurrock-based international outdoor arts company Kinetika will be taking part in a mass participation artwork when it joins PROCESSIONS London on Sunday June 10 to mark the centenary of the first British women gaining the right to vote.

PROCESSIONS has been produced by arts charity Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. PROCESSIONS will be broadcast live around the UK on BBC One and BBC News.

Kinetika is one of 100 organisations across the UK which have been commissioned to create handmade banners in collaboration with female artists for PROCESSIONS. Building on the 2017 Silk River legacy, which connected communities along the lower Thames Estuary, Kinetika has continued to work with Silk River artists from five communities – Barking & Dagenham, Dartford, Purfleet, Gravesham and Southend – to create five silk batik banners, one for each community.

The artists drew up a longlist of inspirational local women, past, present and future, either working in their communities or in the public eye across a range of professions.

The public were invited to vote on social media to select the women who would be represented on the final banners.


The Inspirational Women who appear on the five banners encompass a huge range of experiences, occupations, backgrounds and talents, ranging from a nineteenth century champion of physical education for women to a 16 year old Youth Mayor.

PROCESSIONS will see women and girls walk together creating a celebratory living artwork. Participants will each be given a wrap to wear in either green, white or violet – the suffragette colours and will be choreographed to walk together through the city streets to form flowing rivers of colour. PROCESSIONS takes place simultaneously in the four capitals of the UK, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.

Produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, it is open to all wo and to take part you can sign up for free at

The project has been made possible with support from NatWest, the Government Equalities Office, the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


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