Hats off to Chandelle
Artistic quest ends at Epsom
An artistic quest to Epsom to mark an iconic moment in the struggle for equal rights for women, has paid off for a Forth Valley College student.
HND Contemporary Art student Chandelle (20) produced a heavily symbolic piece of artwork for her end of year exhibition in the shape of a hat complete with chain, padlock and references to the subjugation of women.
As part of her exhibit she also travelled to the Epsom Derby Festival on Ladies Day on Friday 1 June, to commemorate 105 years since Emily Davison paid the ultimate price in trying to raise awareness of her cause, when she walked in front of the King’s Horse in the 1913 Derby. It was a full five years after this tragic event that the 1918 Representation of the People Act was passed which gave the vote to all men and women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications.
Chandelle took photos of her hat at the racetrack to mark the iconic moment and added them to the artwork she recently exhibited at the End of Year Show at the Forth Valley College Stirling Campus.
Chandelle, who has also won a place at the Glasgow School of Art to study a degree in Sculpture and Environmental Art, said: “I am happy with how I have completed the work and have a great deal of pride and satisfaction to know that I have contributed to help mark an important milestone in the fight for women’s rights.
“Emily Davison gave her life to raise awareness of a cause she believed in. She certainly inspired me to create this piece of art and travelling there to get photographs forms part of the work – it is art not a protest.
“A lot of my work is inspired by feminism and womens’ issues and I am delighted to have secured a place at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art so I can develop my artistic skills further.”
The free exhibition began on Thursday 7 June and ended on Wednesday 13 June at 4pm.
It shocased a wide range of media including art, design, photography, sculpture, installation, video and audio created by learners from the BA Art and Design, HND Contemporary Art Practice, HND Visual Communication, HND Photography and HND Art and Design, as well as highlighting the talent of students across courses in media and communication and sound production.