Norah Smyth Exhibition at Four Corners
Friday 2 November, 2018 @ 10:00 am - Saturday 9 February, 2019 @ 6:00 pmfree
Four Corners is hosting a free exhibition of unseen photographs by suffragette Norah Smyth. The photographs return to London’s East End after 100 years.
These photographs provide a remarkable document of Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of the Suffragettes, and an extraordinary moment in women’s social history during the First World War. They are generously loaned by the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, alongside other archival material.
Norah Smyth (1874-1963) was a central figure in Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELFS), living and working with her in Bow. She was a photographer and a social activist, devoting her life to the arts, private study and village life.
The exhibition is part of The Women’s Hall project, celebrating the little-known history of the East London Federation of Suffragettes, and the 100-year anniversary of British women first winning the right to vote.
Visitors can expect to see remarkable photographs, displayed just a stones-throw from where they were originally taken in Bethnal Green and Bow. These include iconic images such as Sylvia Pankhurst in 1913, recovering from hunger strike after her release from Holloway prison.
Pankhurst was imprisoned 10 times over 12 months, each time going on hunger strike against forced feeding in prison. Suffragettes were released to regain their health, then rearrested under the notorious ‘Cat and Mouse Act’, an Act that allowed for the early release of prisoners who were so weakened by hunger striking that they were at risk of death. They were to be recalled to prison once their health was recovered, where the process would begin again.
A free programme of talks and walks runs alongside the exhibition.
For more information, visit Four Corners official website.