Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Gallery 2


Artists Commemorate the Suffragettes 14 January – 16 April 2023

The significance of the image on the handkerchief goes far beyond this modest embroidered object. Its beauty belies the women’s struggle and suffering whilst revealing their bond with the embroidered word.

Exhibitors: Ghada Amer, Chila Burman, Anthony Burrill, Jo Cope, Dorothy Cross, Phoebe English, Molly Goddard, Mona Hatoum, Charlotte Hodes, Anne Howeson, Peter Kennard, Sarah Lucas, Heather Phillipson, Celia Pym, Daniel Ramos, Anila Rubiku, Francesca Smith, Helen Storey, Sage Townsend and Rachel Whiteread.

Curated by Charlotte Hodes and Alison Moloney.


To accompany the Motive/Motif exhibition, we will also be displaying a short film, and the banners made at Mostyn, Theatre Clwyd, and Ruthin Craft Centre for PROCESSIONS a mass-participation project produced by Artichoke and commissioned by 14–18 NOW in 2018.

PROCESSIONS was a moment for celebration and reflection and a living portrait of what it means to be a woman today. On Sunday 10 June 2018, the streets of our four UK capitals, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, were transformed into vast rivers of green, white and violet as tens of thousands of women and girls converged to mark 100 years of the first British women voting.