25 Remarkable Women - One Extraordinary Festival

Heritage Open Days and interactive theatre-makers non zero one unveil 25 new statues of women across England

According to the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association report in January 2018, of the 925 statues that dot our streets, parks and countryside, just 158 are women.  If that sounds shocking, here’s the really bad news.  Remove mythical, royal and anonymous female figures from the list and just 25 statues remained. 

Which is why, in a year that marks the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act, Heritage Open Days commissioned put her forward.  The project, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, explores who and how we choose to commemorate, with an aim of creating twenty-five new statues of living women. non zero one collected nominations online, in workshops and through conversations around the country, asking people to nominate women whose achievements have inspired, changed and empowered their community.  People nominated their co-workers, friends, family members, and people who have inspired and moved them; citing their achievements in fields as diverse as sport and academia, medicine and campaigning.

From the hundreds of nominations received, 25 women – spanning every age and background - were chosen to be 3D scanned and 3D printed into small statues.  These 35cm sandstone figures embody a new definition of the word ‘statue’; intricate and pin-point accurate, a counterpoint to the pomp of classic Victorian statuary.  Each statue will be unveiled over the Heritage Open Days weekend, in a public space chosen by each of the women. You can find out where each unveiling will be happening by visiting www.putherforward.com.

“put her forward is a bold and moving testimony to the range of remarkable women making their communities – and our country - better, fairer and more beautiful,” says Annie Reilly, HODs National Manager. “This new technology enables us to question and change the narrow ways in which we commemorate, and these 25 statues reflect the power of new stories being told in new ways.”

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