Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
6 March – 25 November 2018
Marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, this display explores Mary Watts as a figurehead of non-militant feminism in her community.
Mary Watts not only attended suffrage meetings but also convened them at her Surrey studio-home, Limnerslease, where this exhibition is held.
Showcasing images of Watts alongside newspaper clippings, which record her participation in the Great Suffragist Pilgrimage and her impassioned speech at a 1913 meeting, the display shows the central role she played in local suffrage networks.
It also features some of the strong female figures and symbols of freedom that appear in Mary Watts’s work, including a Compton Pottery terracotta figure of St Joan of Arc, the patron saint of the suffragettes.