I am thrilled to win this prestigious commission to sculpt Emmeline Pankhurst. The announcement was made in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on 4 April 2017 (see press release). As of the 15 December 2017 the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue project and the Pankhurst Centre have won a major grant (£370,000) from Centenary Cities: 100 years of votes for women initiative, recognising 100 years since the first cohort of women gained the vote in 1918 (see press release). With the help of 11-year old Fatima Shahid from Newall Green Primary School, planning permission was granted on the 8 February 2018, so all systems go! (see press release, photo by Kate of the Our Emmeline Project).
Since 2014, Councillor Andrew Simcock has been leading the WoManchester Statue project to erect a statue of a woman of significance to Manchester. In 2016 it was announced that Emmeline Pankhurst was selected after a vote by over 5,000 people to be the subject of the first new statue of a woman there for over a century. See the full press release here.
So I was delighted to make it into the final 6 shortlisted proposals for St Peter’s Square, Manchester. All six commissioned bronze maquettes were unveiled at the Houses of Parliament on the 27 February 2017, before going on show in Manchester at HOME, the Town Hall, the Council Chambers, and now Manchester Art Gallery, until the end of March 2017.
You can imagine how exciting this project is for me, with my background in promoting women’s rights and gender equality over many years. Emmeline is one of my heroes, an inspiring leader of the Suffragette movement, born in Moss Side in 1858.
See my blogs about why we need a statue of Emmeline, why I want to sculpt her and to follow the making of the clay maquette ready for casting in bronze.