#Vote100 How the Vote Was Won:

Touring Exhibition on Art, Theatre and Women’s Suffrage

To coincide with the nation-wide commemoration of #Vote100 this year, Aurora Metro Arts and Media Charity will be touring a pop-up exhibition celebrating some of the amazing women who through their visual arts, and plays helped to shape and further the cause of women’s suffrage 100 years ago. 

The exhibition will be at:

Feminist Library, London: 3 – 31 July

Surrey History Museum, Woking: 2 August – 1 September

Rifles Museum, Winchester: 5 – 18 September

Harrow Museum: October-December

Brent Libraries: October-December

Other venues TBC

The exhibition draws on material that was unearthed for two Aurora Metro’s publications, Art, Theatre and Women’s Suffrage and Votes for Women and other plays. Talks and play readings are available.  For more information head to our Talks and Events page.

The Piano Film Screening with Introduction by Ellen Cheshire

Ellen Cheshire, author of the newly released book In the Scene: Jane Campion, will be introducing screenings of Jane Campion’s The Piano. Ellen will be selling and signing copies of her book on the day.

Jane Campion became the first female director to win the Palme d’Or for The Piano, her extraordinary, triumphant masterpiece about a mute woman’s rebellion in a newly colonised, Victorian-era New Zealand. Soundtracked by Michael Nyman’s evocative score, it won Oscars for Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin in career-defining roles and Best Screenplay for Campion’s typically individualistic, female-centric script.

Not So Silent Women: Women behind the camera in early film

An illustrated talk by Ellen Cheshire

Friday 12 October, 7,30pm
West Street Loft, Shoreham as part of Shoreham WordFest

For more information and to book

Did you know that during the first 30 years of filmmaking that there were more women working behind the camera as directors, screenwriters, editors, camera operators, film critics than there are now? In this illustrated talk with film clips, Ellen Cheshire will discuss the role women had in shaping early filmmaking, and how many remarkable women were written out of the film history books. The talk will include film clips and will profile a number of women directors who were reaching and progressing towards dizzying heights of critical and commercial success 100 years ago.

Ellen Cheshire is a contributing author to Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema, and author of In the Scene: Jane Campion.