Grace Before Meat

Grace Before Meat (2018) is a collaborative project between Louise Anderson and Jane Glennie. The work is a memorial to the men and women imprisoned in the name of suffrage while mulling over the present scenario for women. A Roll of Honour, compiled anecdotally circa 1950, documents 1094 people imprisoned in the period 1905–1914. Many names are partial, and it is highly likely that many more had already been forgotten. A lawn of names was created as a remembrance of the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918. Sound in the room originated from the Women’s March on Sunday 4th March 2018, and signifies the steps still to be taken. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings tell us that gender parity is still over 200 years away. One hundred years on from the Act, the campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is #PressforProgress. The title is adopted from a satirical leaflet about the force feeding of Suffragette prisoners.

Visitors could make their own sewn memorial badge.

International Women’s Day

Cllr Julie Pickering, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, opened the event.