The Emily Davison Lodge
With Olivia Plender
The Re-Inaugural Meeting of the Emily Davison Lodge 2010
Emily Wilding Davison, one of the most active militants of the suffragette movement, was knocked down by the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby on June 4th 1913 where she had been carrying out a solo demonstration. She died from her injuries and has since become one of the few remembered names of the suffragette campaign. After her funeral, two friends Mary Leigh and Edith New, the initiators of the window smashing campaign of 1911, started the ‘Emily Davison Lodge’, the aim of which was:
‘to perpetuate the memory of a gallant woman by gathering together women of progressive thought and aspiration with the purpose of working for the progress of women according to the needs of the hour.’
Closed since the 1940’s, The Emily Davison Lodge was reinstated by Olivia Plender and Hester Reeve in 2010 as a conceptual institution which produces collaborative artworks, exhibitions and hosts meetings inspired by the figure of the suffragette as a militant artist.
The Emily Davison Rave!
'Party political art' for election day, June 8th 2017 (anniversary of Emily Davison's death)
[Free art work - click on the poster image to download high res version]
The Sylvia Pankhurst Display
Tate Britain 2013-4
This exhibition, curated alongside Emma Chambers, arose from the artwork 'Open Letter to Tate Britain' (see below) which expressed concern that the artistic contribution of leading suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst to the country's cultural and artistic heritage continued to be overlooked. The director, Penelope Curtis, invited Plender and Reeve to contribute an art work to establish the continuing agency of artists in stimulating debate and approaches to social change. The Emily Davison Lodge is grateful to the Pankhurst family for loaning most of the works on show.