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VIEW Inaugural Event (10th November)—Celebrating Women’s Contributions since Universal Suffrage

Following the success of the launch of our new public engagement programme: VIEW, the George Washington Wilson Centre and the Department of Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen is pleased to announce its inaugural event this week.

“Out of this World” is a participatory performance organized by Huntly-based artist Norma D. Hunter, together with weaver Mary Carol Souness. It will take place on the pedestrian area of George St., in front of John Lewis. The performance will be followed by a talk by Terri Bell Helliwell at the new Look Again Festival Headquarters at 32 St. Andrews St., on Saturday, 10th November.

Members of the public are invited to join Hunter and Souness on George St. from 12:00 noon, where they will be able to participate in conversation about the contribution of women since Universal Suffrage in 1918. It will also involve an opportunity to try stick weaving and complete the woven border for the banner made by over 100 participants so far.

At 3:00PM, at 32 St. Andrews St., join Terri Bell Halliwell for a talk about her “inVISIBLE women” project, also aimed at bringing the contributions of women throughout history to light.

About the event, Professor Bryzgel, Director of the George Washington Wilson Centre, said: “I am delighted that our inaugural event will celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, given that Aberdeen had made such a significant contribution to the suffrage movement.”

“It is wonderful to work with artists from the shire who continue to probe issues relevant to contemporary society, such as gender equality.”

“It is my hope that members of the public will feel welcome to come, have a chat, and participate in whatever way they feel comfortable, extending the use of the public square as a place for discourse to take place.”

The events are both free and open to the public, who are welcome to attend either or both. Those interested in the event on George St can just turn up without registering in advance, but those wishing to attend the talk must book in advance to guarantee a seat:

VIEW is supported by the University of Aberdeen, the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, and the Aberdeen City Council.

You can find out more about the VIEW programme of events on the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture’s website. For more news please follow us on social media, including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @VIEWabdn

Contact: Prof Amy Bryzgel



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