Welcome to a woman’s place project

A catalyst and umbrella for cultural projects and advocacy where equality provides the contextual backbone.


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 Woman’s Place 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’.

For more information, go to our Exhibitions page, or click on our Press Release on the Press page.

Victoria (Vita) Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson (1892-1962) by Philip Alexius de László de Lombos National Trust Images / John Hammond

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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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Our next inspiring woman for team #WomenUnited, is @speedina. One of @AWomansPlaceUK ‘s commissioned artists for @KnoleNT , Emily Speed explores the body’s relationship to architecture. https://t.co/25BA95SHRc #InternationalWomensDay #unlockthegate #WomensHistoryMonth2018

Next up for our team #WomenUnited, is another of our artists, Alice May Williams; https://t.co/p8SdxGymPz . We can't wait to see her video work for @AWomansPlaceUK @KnoleNT. Are there any women artists you would pick for your dream team? #unlockthegate #equalitynow #awomansplace

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums and daughters! Would you choose your Mum for team #WomenUnited? Is she strong?, inspiring?, trailblazing? Tag us in a tweet and use #WomenUnited to let us know why your Mum inspires you.
#MotheringSunday #MothersDay2018 #awomansplaceuk #IWD2018

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