Welcome to a woman’s place project
A catalyst and umbrella for cultural projects and advocacy where equality provides the contextual backbone.
The National Trust’s ‘Women and Power’, 2018
A Woman’s Place at Knole : 17 MAY –4 NOVEMBER 2018 Press Preview 16 MAY 2018
Commissioned artists, Lubaina Himid, CJ Mahony, Lindsay Seers, Emily Speed, Alice May Williams & Melanie Wilson. Curated by Lucy Day & Eliza Gluckman.
A key part of The National Trust’s Women and Power programme, A Woman’s Place at Knole shines a light on historical women’s voices, marking 100 years since the Representation of the People Act that gave women the vote in the UK for the first time. Women had to be over 30 and either they, or their husband, meet a property qualification.
This critical moment in history is no better illustrated than at Knole where the rules of inheritance impacted so significantly on the women who lived there. 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid joins five other commissioned artists responding through different media – sculpture, sound, film, interventions and a website, with works that encompass love, betrayal, class, gender and inheritance.
The Trust’s Women and Power is a year-long programme of events and exhibitions celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act through the telling of less-known and often hidden stories of women at Trust places, including some of those involved in the fight for suffrage.
The history of women’s rights is well illustrated at Knole, where Vita Sackville-West, the only child of the 3rd Baron Sackville, was prevented from inheriting the house because of her gender. The loss of Knole deeply affected Sackville-West, leading her to write that ‘Knole is denied to me forever, through a technical fault over which we have no control’.
Victoria (Vita) Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson (1892-1962) by Philip Alexius de László de Lombos National Trust Images / John Hammond
A Woman’s Place Project CIC is a Private company limited by guarantee without share capital — Community Interest Company (CIC). Registered Company number 10236518 Registered office address: 40, South Way, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1LY
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