In response to the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, Magna Carta Women project captured the journey of British women over the last 800 years. The quadriptych collage and life size cutouts highlights notable women and men who have influenced the journey of British women towards individual rights and freedoms. The artwork was inspired by stained glass windows, the main visual art form of the Magna Carta era and features Mary Wollstonecraft, Emily Pankhurst, Catherine of Aragon, Janet Horne, Barbara Castle and Laura Bates. The few men included, such as John Stuart Mill, George Lansbury and Laurence Housman, also championed women's rights. King John signs the Magna Carta, which forms the pathway.
The project was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Royal Holloway University and toured England during 2015. The project visited 17 venues across Southern England including Guildhall Art Gallery in City of London, Runnymede pop up museum, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Royal Holloway University, Sarum College, Brixham Seaworks, Surrey Historic Centre, Brunel University and other exhibition spaces. An edition has been acquired by Royal Holloway University.
'I hope my art will be a platform from which to inform and inspire the next generation and teach them more about the history of women's rights.' Tracy Satchwill
'Inspirational art that packs a feminist punch.' Prof. Heidi Mirza