Following its big event to celebrate women winning the vote in 1918 which took place in June, Women’s Voice is now turning its attention to women’s lives today, one hundred years later. To this end, it is hosting an exhibition in September at Hastings Arts Forum, called ‘One Hundred Years and What Have We Got?’

To answer this question, women artists from around the country have created and sent in dramatic artworks, using paint, print, cloth and construction, to explore women’s lives today. Exhibits show in visual form what women have achieved over the last 100 years and explore the goals that women still need to achieve.

A spokeswoman for Women’s Voice told HIP: ‘British women winning the vote in 1918 was such a remarkable achievement and a landmark event in women’s long fight for their rights. But we also felt it was really important to bring the story up to date and look at where women are today, one hundred years later. To do this, we invited women artists to send us their ideas in visual form and we’ve had a wonderful response. We’ve received artworks from local women artists but also from Northern Ireland, Wales and the Midlands, women of all ages being represented. The exhibition touches on all aspects of women’s lives today culturally, socially and politically and indicates some of the barriers that women still have to cross from sexualisation in the media through to violence against women. The result is very dramatic. We hope lots of people will come to see it.’

Alongside the exhibition there will be film showings, workshops and discussions. These include: Storytelling by Ariane Hajidas on Wednesday 5 September 7-9pm; a Tapestry workshop with master embroiderer from Peru, Bella Lane on 8 September 12.30 – 3pm; and two Zine-making workshops featuring Witches on 9 September 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm with local designer Erica Smith.

The exhibition, which is hosted by Women’s Voice and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, opens at the Hastings Arts Forum, Marina, on 4 September and is open from, 11am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday until 16 September. Entrance to the exhibition and events is free.

For more information contact Women’s Voice on [email protected] or keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details of events

We hope you have enjoyed reading this article. The future of our volunteer led, non-profit publication would be far more secure with the aid of a small donation. It only takes a minute and we would be very grateful.