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Join us for International Women's Day at The Pankhurst Centre! We've got a day packed with fantastic things to do, see and hear!

We'll be in-conversation during the afternoon with the creators of the rather fabulous First In The Fight as they launch their brilliant book about inspirational women who helped to make Manchester the radical city we know and love! So get your questions ready for author and cover designer, Helen Antrobus and Jane Bowyer!

And unleash your own creativity in a fun drop-in flag-making workshop during the morning run by one of the book's illustrators, the Small Fry Collective!

We'll also be joined by the awesome She Choir, who'll be singing a special lunch-time set of songs by and about amazing women!

And, of course, come and walk in the footsteps of the incredible women who changed history, here in the house where the suffragette movement began.

What a fitting way to celebrate International Women's Day!

We'll be open 10am - 4pm.

- flag-making workshop: until 12.30pm

- She Choir Performance: 1 - 1.30pm

- In-Conversation with authors/designer of First In the Fight: 1.30 - 2.30pm

Our little tea room will be open,too, for delicious home-baked cakes and tea and coffee. Yum!

FREE ENTRY. Please register via eventbrite so we have an idea of numbers. Seats for the choir performance & book launch will be on a first come-first served basis.

 

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    Join artist Venessa Scott at this creative workshop, and make a collaborative piece of art inspired by her awesome Trafford House mural.

    Grab a drink and a paintbrush and try out different artistic techniques, under Venessa's expert guidance.

    You'll think about how icons and symbols can represent women, and use these to create a piece of feminist art, using a variety of materials, from markers and paint to ink, felt and collage.

    You'll also have the chance to find out about Venessa's iconic Trafford House mural, one of the UK's biggest murals, which was commissioned to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of some women getting the vote in 2018.

    The amazing artwork celebrates the spirit of the suffragettes, including our own Sylvia Pankhurst, who was born close to where Trafford House now stands. The city's Pankhurst legacy, the suffragette colours of green, white and purple, and the suffragette campaign banners all helped to inspire the vibrant mural, which overlooks Old Trafford.

    Please join us to meet Venessa and celebrate your inspirational woman with art inspired by her amazing mural!

    Tickets are £12 (including a drink and all materials). You can book tickets through Eventbrite. 

     

    About Venessa:

    Venessa Scott is a prolific public artist from the North of England with a decorated career in community arts and education, and is a Pankhurst Trust Ambassador. Venessa has several years' experience of working with national art galleries and curating exhibitions for undergraduate design students. In 2015 Venessa Scott along with her sister Vanice Scott founded SevenThreeOne: an arts and education non-profit that utilises the creative industries to further the education and skills of serving prisoners, ex-offenders and disengaged young people.

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    Celebrate International Women's Day with a walking tour of Manchester's hotspots of radical political activity! And it's all in aid of the Pankhurst Centre!

    Join fabulous volunteer walk leader Steve Roman on the Manchester Peace Trail, and find out just how deeply our city is rooted in the fight for justice, peace and freedom.

    Starting at Emmeline Pankhurst's statue, you'll explore sites around the city-centre that have played a part in making Manchester a centre for peace, industry and radicalism.

    The walk will last approx 1.5 hours (from 2pm to 3.30pm), finishing near Manchester Cathederal. Please meet by the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue in St Peter's Square at 1.45pm for a 2pm start.

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    Please show your e-tickets on the day.

     

    About your walk leader:

    Steve Roman is an active campaigner and helped the city council to develop the Manchester Peace Trail around which he regularly leads guided walks. He is also active with the Friends of Manchester Peace Garden and other peace initiatives. He is the Membership Trustee of the Victorian Society which promotes the best of Britain’s Victorian and Edwardian built heritage. Prior to retiring, he served as a youth and community officer for Lancashire County Council.

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