Backstory: Women's Suffrage Embroidery

30 August – 13 December 2019

 

In 1993, the Canterbury Embroiderers’ Guild completed a wall hanging to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Designed by Dunedin artist Di ffrench, this major work hung in the Christchurch Town Hall until the building was closed after the Christchurch earthquakes. It has spent the last eight years in storage but this year was returned to public display in its original position. Through these objects and a 23 minute video made at the time, we present the story of the embroidery: how it was conceived, designed and created by a team of women embroiderers.