Banner immortalises inspirational women of Barking and Dagenham’s past, present and future

Barking and Dagenham artists Khushnood Ahmed, Susanna Wallis and Rachel Stubbs worked on the banner.

Barking and Dagenham artists Khushnood Ahmed, Susanna Wallis and Rachel Stubbs worked on the banner. Picture: Peter Bolton/Kinetika - Credit: Kinetika

Striking sewing machinists and other campaigning women in Barking and Dagenham’s history have been immortalised in a silk banner.

The handmade design joins four flags commissioned from areas along the Thames estuary, commemorating a century since the first British woman gained the right to vote.

The silk batik banner, a collaboration between artists Khushnood Ahmed, Susanna Wallis and Rachel Stubbs, includes the Ford Dagenham strikes whose landmark case fifty years ago led to the Equal Pay Act 1970, author and entrepreneur Mo Obadina, and Rachel Stubbs herself, who organisers say represents the borough’s future.

Thurrock-based arts company Kinetika were commissioned to create the banners in collaboration with female artists for PROCESSIONS, a “living artwork” scheduled for Sunday, 10 June featuring women and girls in four cities parade through the streets wearing suffragette colours of green, white and violet.

The event takes place simultaneously in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff.