30 March is the last chance to vote on the ‘Our Emmeline’ statue. The winning design will be announced by Andrew Simcock on 4 April 🙂 Visit the Womanchester Statue website to check out the designs & sculptors and cast your vote
So back in 2014 we yarnbombed the man busts in Manchester Town Hall to celebrate some local historical women.
We thought it was a stitch up that Manchester’s public statues only celebrated the achievements of blokes (apart from Queen Victoria through accident of birth) and thought it was about time they championed some inspiring women.
We were super chuffed when Councillor Andrew Simcock announced that, partly inspired by our craftivism, he was going to set about raising funds for a permanent statue of a woman.
To kick start the fundraising for the statue, Andrew Simcock did an epic Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride. Each day was dedicated to one of the 20 women on the statue long list. The public voted to immortalise Emmeline Pankhurst in statue form, and then Andrew Simcock put a call out for sculptors and designs, visiting artists across the country.
Six miniatures were cast, and have been on show for the past month around Manchester. We went to check them out & vote at Manchester Art Gallery – it was a hard choice. Looking forward to finding out next week which design has been selected.
Follow @OurEmmeline on twitter for latest news, and check out the project website: www.womanchesterstatue.org/