Hats off to Chandelle

Hats off to Chandelle

Hats off to Chandelle

Budding Bannockburn artist Chandelle Waugh is heading to Epsom racetrack with her latest creation to mark an iconic moment in the struggle for equal rights for women – and is appealing for help to get there!

HND Contemporary Art student Chandelle (20) has produced a heavily symbolic piece of artwork for her end of year exhibition at Forth Valley College in the shape of a hat complete with chain, padlock and references to the subjugation of women.

As part of her exhibit she is also travelling 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 hopes to take photos of her hat at the racetrack to mark the iconic moment, but as a student, is struggling with funds and is appealing for the public to help her with her travel expenses

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 looking forward to going to the place where 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.

“I managed to buy the tickets for myself and my partner who will be taking he photographs of me on the day. But I would be really grateful to anyone who can donate something to my ‘gofundme’ page, to help with our travel expenses. I hope that my art might inspire other people to keep fighting for what they believe in and maybe help me to mark a very important anniversary in the campaign for votes for women and equality.”

Chandelle’s gofundme page can be found at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/art-student-attending-derby

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