Croydon suffragette inspires art exhibition

Mireille Fauchon art Pic: Museum of Croydon

An exhibition celebrating the legacy of a Croydon suffragette has opened at Croydon Museum, created by the second artist in residence, Mireille Fauchon.

Katie Edith Gliddon, born in Twickenham in 1883, joined the Women’s Social and Political Union in Croydon around 1910.  In 1911 her articles written about women’s suffrage were published in various newspapers. In 1912 Gliddon was sentenced to two months of hard labour in Holloway Prison for smashing a Post Office window.

Gliddon kept a diary while she was jailed, which has inspired Fauchon’s doctoral research, and has provided a base for the artist to explore visual storytelling to describe social history.

Fauchon, a PhD student at Kingston School of Art, has displayed a range of prints, drawings and collages in her exhibition.  It is open to the public until Thursday January 31..

Throughout the month, Fauchon will also offer workshops where she will discuss her creative process working in response to Gliddon’s writings.

Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, has stated that he looks forward to ‘exploring the exhibit’ and believes it’s important to recognise the ‘hard work and sacrifice of women like Katie Gliddon’.

Gliddon’s original writings are held by the Women’s Library, London School of Economics.

For more information about the Croydon suffragette exhibition, you can email the museum on museum@croydon.go.ukor follow @MuseumOfCroydon on Twitter.

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