The text of this artwork is inspired by conversations between the artist and
the first woman to serve as General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
The union banner of the
in Durham includes the words: 'Progress, Education, Science, Art.'
This contemporary artwork re-states those ideas, reflecting the view shared by O'Grady and the artist that equal access to education and opportunity is essential for the progress of society as a whole.
'Progress' is part of socialart.work, a mass public art project by public artist
calling for greater social justice.
It aims to create debate about power and gender, women's equality and masculinity, alternative forms of economic and social organisation, black power, and solidarity between people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.
It includes posters, publications and events supported in 2018-19 by the artist's residency with leading Out of Home media company
Clear Channel UK.