In January, Rebel Daughters opened at The Point: an exhibition curated by darts (Doncaster Community Arts) celebrating 100 years since the Representation of People Act was passed. The Act was a huge achievement for the Suffragette movement – despite the fact that it did not mean all women could vote, the fact that any women won the right to vote was an enormous progression that deserves to be recognised and celebrated.
To honour those women’s achievements, darts decided to showcase work by 60 talented female artists, not only local to the region but from across the country and the world. The exhibition showcases a range of voices, exploring what being a ‘rebel daughter’ means to different people. The exhibition is at The Point until 7th April, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Rebel Daughters launched a year-long programme of activity in partnership with Doncaster Museums; on International Women’s Day earlier in March, a viewing of films from the Imperial War Museum archives was held at The Point as part of the project. Moving and enlightening, the films displayed real footage of the Suffragette movement.
There are plenty of other activities and exhibitions coming up at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery which celebrate the inspirational women of Doncaster. Keep The Home Fires Burning (7 April – 31 May) is an exhibition which examines how the war on the Home Front changed the lives of people in Doncaster forever through personal testimonies and original objects. You can make your own suffragette sash at a free workshop on 10th May, taking place at the museum – everyone is welcome, regardless of sewing abilities. On 9th June Doncaster Market Place will become home to a full-size replica tank, spectacular living history displays, a pop-up museum, free craft activities and more for Tank Bank Day. There will be lots more happening around Doncaster, so keep an eye out.
Over the past few months Rebel Daughters has managed to make a real impact on people around Doncaster, with visitors including MP Rosie Winterton. If you want to find out what impact the exhibition has on you, there is still time to visit – check out the website to find out more about the exhibition, including venue location and opening times. And don’t forget to pick up your very own Rebel Daughters badge!