Founded by Josie Sutcliffe and Natalie McGrath, Dreadnought South West’s aim is to connect individuals and communities through telling great and courageous stories about women and girls, providing bold, high-quality arts and heritage work that inspires, educates and raises awareness throughout the South West and beyond.

Our first major project celebrated and marked the centenary of The Great 1913 Women’s Suffrage Pilgrimage, where women walked from Land’s End to Hyde Park demanding their right to vote. Dreadnought toured throughout the South West a new play Oxygen, and in addition there were forty-five arts and heritage way-marker projects led by individuals and communities along the pilgrimage route. All of these were inspired by the stories of women walking and protesting peacefully. It has been a model for Dreadnought’s work ever since.

Having been awarded Emergency Funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support our resilience and vision during this unprecedented time, we were excited to be able to continue our work in 2020. This included a series of free online workshops in September; including Choir Leader, Claire Ingleheart, Award winning Playwright, Paula B. Stanic, Community Activist, Sandhya Dave and Poet and Rapper Silai Estatira. 

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