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In Her Shoes

Celebrating Leicester’s Suffragette
Alice Hawkins

Two LPW Artists, Sarah Kirby and Soraya Smithson have been working together on a project to produce this large scale banner celebrating Leicester’s suffragette Alice Hawkins.

The banner will be used by Elaine Pantling, aka one-woman theatre company Laurielorry. Earlier in the year Elaine visited us to give a talk about her performance, In Her Shoes which tells Alice’s story and celebrates the life of this mother of six, shoe machinist, equal rights activist and suffragette.

The banner will be held as part of a march that will begin at Town Hall Square, followed by a performance at Curve Theatre on 28 October. The general public are invited to take part in the march, there will be a choir and speakers and then the march will move to the Clock Tower and on to Curve, where Alice’s story will be told in the studio theatre with the choir performing alongside Elaine, and hopefully the banner will be centre stage! Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

In February 2018, a statue of Alice Hawkins will be unveiled at the newly created square behind Leicester Market and the Corn Exchange. There are currently some information boards there with more information on Alice and the Leicester Suffragists, and further resources can be found at the Old Equity Shoes Factory Building on Western Road, off Braunstone Gate in Leicester.

The banner was printed, sewn and assembled by Sarah and Soraya on our new textile table upstairs at LPW in Studio 9. It was made entirely by hand cut stencils and silkscreen.