9–17 Mar 2018, 11am–5pm
Exhibition Launch:
The Hidden Heroine


Alcove Gallery & Basement
The Annex, Calcutta House
London E1 7NT


Image: Susan Andrews

To celebrate Women’s History Month in East London, Co-ordinated by Alternative Arts, students of the Cass BA Photography Course, staff, and invited artists have made photographs of inspirational women and share their stories.

In East London, the East London Federation of Suffragettes led by Sylvia Pankhurst was based in Bow with branches all over the East End. They grounded their campaign in the everyday reality of working women’s lives and saw the vote as just one aspect of the struggle for equality. They fought for a living wage, decent housing, equal pay, food price controls, adequate pensions and numerous other causes. When the First World War broke out in August 1914 the ELFS led community action to support those most affected by unemployment and spiralling food prices. They organised a children’s health clinic, a nursery school, a co-operative toy factory, and a series of canteens serving nutritious food at ‘cost price’. This remarkable organisation existed for 10 years from 1914 to 1924.

The Cass was invited by Alternative Arts to join in the many events that are being organised to celebrate and raise awareness of this centenary during March.

9–17 March 2018
Open Mon–Fri