'Unbind the Wing' walk at Bodnant Garden
In autumn 2018 we invited visitors to explore a previously untold story at Bodnant Garden while strolling through the 80 acre grounds.
We worked with designers to create displays and artwork around the garden celebrating our women of Bodnant's decades of dedication to the cause; the letter writing, pamphleting, lobbying, public speaking and debating, which finally bore fruit with the passage of the Representation of the People Act in 1918. Installations at the Laburnum Arch, The Poem mausoleum, the Pin Mill and Old Mill depicted how this family of horticulturalists planted ideas and nurtured change.
Local members from Amnesty Colwyn Bay also created a display in the Old Mill showing how modern day campaigners continue the tradition of peaceful, non-political protest today. Around the garden were displayed work created by North Wales Embroiderers’ Guild, and the protest banners produced by members of the community during our 2018 celebration of suffrage.
The stunning centrepiece of our celebration was the ‘Unbind the Wing’ willow sculpture by artist Trevor Leat. Trevor created this striking 18 foot tall feature on the Lily Terrace over the course of two weeks in September. The figure releasing birds free beautifully depicts women’s for equality, freedom and suffrage.