Whitecross Street Party celebrates centenary of women’s suffrage with street art, music and installations

A hay fight at the Whitecross Street Party on Sunday. Picture: Siorna Ashby

A hay fight at the Whitecross Street Party on Sunday. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

The Whitecross Street Party celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage yesterday.

Children decorate enormous letters spelling out 'YMCA' at the Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Sior

Children decorate enormous letters spelling out 'YMCA' at the Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

It was the annual event’s ninth year, and an array of street art, music and interactive experiences were freely on offer in the St Luke’s street.

The party was hosted by City YMCA London, and people can still check out the art installations, which will run for eight weeks as part of the “Rise of the Nonconformists” outdoor exhibition.

Eleni Duke, director of Curious Duke Gallery and curator of the exhibition, said: “This year marks the centenary of some women winning the right to vote in 1918, and we thought this was a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate that.

Spoken word artist Hannah Raymond-Cox at the Whitecross Street Party yesterday. Picture: Siorna Ashb

Spoken word artist Hannah Raymond-Cox at the Whitecross Street Party yesterday. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

“A handpicked selection of some of today’s most exciting contemporary artists - both male and female - have created work especially for this show.”


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The exhibition is made up of work from 40 artists but one notable piece is called Flock, a suspended installation, which was created by north London artist Hanna Benihoud.

There was also a community stage that showcased musicians from the area, as well as spoken word poetry and African drumming or science experiments for kids.

Nizzy Nation perform at the Whitecross Street Party on Sunday. Picture: Siorna Ashby

Nizzy Nation perform at the Whitecross Street Party on Sunday. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

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Event director Chris East said: “The street party is unique in having live street art create a huge buzz across the local community.

“Locals love the atmosphere, which gets people of different backgrounds laughing alongside each other.”

Organisers founded the party and exhibition in 2010, inspired by Bunhill Fields cemetery – where prominent nonconformists William Blake, Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan and Susannah Wesley are all buried.

Artist Saroj with her piece 100 Years. Picture: Siorna Ashby

Artist Saroj with her piece 100 Years. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

Left, Aranzazu Perez with 'Message of Love to the World'. Right, Vanessa Longchamp with her depictio

Left, Aranzazu Perez with 'Message of Love to the World'. Right, Vanessa Longchamp with her depiction of suffragette Emily Pankhurst being knocked down by the king's horse while protesting women's lack of voting rights in 1913. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

Performance poet The Joshua Street at the Whitecross Street Party on Sunday. Picture: Siorna Ashby

Performance poet The Joshua Street at the Whitecross Street Party on Sunday. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

The band Brunk perform at the Whitecross Street Party on Sunday. Picture: Siorna Ashby

The band Brunk perform at the Whitecross Street Party on Sunday. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

A 'War Is Illegal' stall at the Whitecross Street Party yesterday. Picture: Siorna Ashby

A 'War Is Illegal' stall at the Whitecross Street Party yesterday. Picture: Siorna Ashby - Credit: Archant

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