Magna Carta Women: Exhibition Draws Path to Equal Rights

MC-WomenLR_webMagna Carta Women by Tracy Satchwill celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta by depicting the development of the women’s rights campaign since it was sealed.

Monday 28 September to Saturday 24 October 2015

The exhibition includes a four-panel digital collage inspired by stained glass windows, the predominant visual art form during this period of medieval history. The Magna Carta scroll itself will form a pathway in the woods, populated by 50 notable women in British civic life (eg Mary Wollstonecraft, Emily Pankhurst, Catherine of Aragon and modern campaigners such as Laura Bates) who have contributed to gains in women’s rights.

Tracy incorporates historical elements to make playful, theatrical collage. She is interested in creating dreamlike stories in her work and juxtaposing them against an overarching historical narrative. The result is an interaction between the documentation of real events and a fanciful, decorative aesthetic. In this project, she explores a chapter in the history of feminism. The Magna Carta established several important rights for women of the time, for example: ‘at her husband’s death, a widow may have her marriage portion and inheritance at once and without trouble…. No widow shall be compelled to marry, so long as she wishes to remain without a husband.’

The exhibition is free and open daily, 9am to 5pm from Monday 28 September through to Saturday 24 October. From Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 October Tracy’s exhibition will be on display alongside three other artists, Heather Olsen, Tamsin Loveday and Rosemary Mason as part of Salisbury Art Trail. Further details here.

The exhibition was shown at the Devon Guild of Craftsman in earlier this year.
View article in Devon Life magazine

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