By 2016 the richest 1% will own more than the rest of the world put together. In the UK over 30% of MPs attended private school, as did 70% of top judges, 62% of senior army officers and 25% of BBC senior execs - but only 7% of the population went to these schools. Despite being 51% of the global population, women hold just 22% of all parliamentary seats.
Privilege was a creative investigation into power and entitlement - what it means to us personally, how we use it when we have it, and what the human impact is upon those whose lives are affected by it.
During the making of Privilege the Women’s Creative Company was one of just ten organisations and artists in Scotland to be selected to feature as part of National Lottery's #CreativityMatters campaign.
“It was pure brilliant! It kept me on my toes throughout”
Together with Lou Brodie, the Women’s Creative Company staged three performances of Privilege. These performances were presented in Partnership with Platform and tool place at The Bridge on the 20th and 21st of April, 2016.
A Moment’s Peace also ran satellite projects with women’s groups across Glasgow. The groups used different art forms to explore what privilege means to them, both as individuals and communities. The work created was exhibited at Platform alongside the production. Workshops were delivered by Vickie Beesley, Maryam Hamidi and Rosie Reid.
Groups involved include the Bridgeton Community Learning Campus, AMINA (The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, HM Corton Vale -Scottish Prisons Service, One Parent Families Scotland group in Maryhill, Priesthill Women Loud and Proud.
The groups created banners, audio recordings, films and other artworks. Plans are underway to tour the Privilege exhibition to venues across Scotland.
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“We can all have privileged moments in our lives but too often privilege divides people through inequality and injustice”
“Many of the participants would not have encountered this type of workshop before, they felt very empowered by the Project and gained positive experiences in sharing their Voice.”
Lone Parent Group, Maryhill
“Watching some of these ladies talk out and share some of their ideas and views on privilege was amazing as they had never done so before. The ladies are very proud of their work. Thank you for letting us be part of the amazing project. We look forward to working with you
in the future.”
Bridgeton Community Learning Campus
I think to me it all depends on the place you were in, if you were in a good place or a bad place to do the banner. For me, half of me was in the past and half of me was in the future...it all depends on where you’re at, for me. And a sense of humour. you need the balance”
“some of the group had not finished their banners but arrived at the performance with banners they had hand craXed in their own >me. This investment that was shown is an indica>on of how much ownership the women felt about the project and how much they wanted to have their voice represented within it. By the end of the project the group had found a way to communicate with me and work together to make sure everyone felt involved.”
AMP workshop leader
“Thank you for allowing Amina group to take part in your inspirational project. Well done to Rosie for leading us through all the thought provoking issues that arose. She was extremely patient waiting for translations. The final performance was enjoyed by all as we had been considering all the ideas in the workshops, we felt we were carrying on previous conversations. [...] Confidence building for all. Our opinions have a place.”