The Face of Suffrage Reviews

The Face of Suffrage

Miranda Gavin

“She sits within a prison cell
Despised and splendid, great, defamed.
Shame close about her, and with all
Shameless and unashamed”.
Hilda Burkitt written in prison: Winson Green 1909 (1 month) and Holloway March 1912 (four months)

The Face of Suffrage celebrates the centenary of women over 30 gaining the right to vote in the UK and is composed of thousands of photographs tessellated to create a giant portrait of suffragist Hilda Burkitt (1876-1955). 

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The Face of Suffrage
Helen Marshall Artist

“Last year, I set up The People’s Picture, an art and design studio, where I work with a small, meticulous and caring team to tell people’s stories through photo mosaic installations. We partner with a myriad of people, organisations and public spaces often outside of the gallery, or institutional art space, to realise our projects. Popular, faces are featured as the emblems of our time following in the footsteps of historic mosaics that often included famous figures from history and mythology as well as lesser-known faces as my ethos is about inclusivity.

One of our latest projects is ‘The Face of Suffrage’ at Birmingham New Street. It is a floor-based, 200 metre-square photo mosaic revealing the face of a suffragette who has a ‘daring and brave’ story to tell. It is made up of more than 3,700 crowd-sourced photos and selfies of inspirational women and girls (who identify as female or non-binary), combined with hundreds of historical images drawn from archives and libraries and focused on women’s suffrage in the early 1900’s. The artwork commemorates 100 years of women’s right to vote and has a local and national reach from the West Midlands and beyond. 

The final portrait is of Hilda Burkitt (1876-1955)”.

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Exhibitions | Red Eye | 2018

Birmingham New Street is to host a unique art installation which celebrates 100 years since women were first allowed to vote.The 'Face of Suffrage' artwork will be a floor-based, 200-metre square photo mosaic consisting of more than 3,500 images of females...

The Face of Suffrage | Photo Monitor | 2018

Miranda Gavin / Helen Marshall: The Face of SuffrageNovember 2018“She sits within a prison cellDespised and splendid, great, defamed.Shame close about her, and withallShameless and unashamed”. – Hilda Burkitt, written in prison: Winson Green 1909 (1 month)...

The women making waves this week | Stylist | 2018

A mosaic of suffragette Hilda Burkett was unveiled at Birmingham New Street station on Thursday (15 November). Poetically located at the spot where Burkett threw a stone at Prime Minster Herbert Asquith’s train in 1909, the portrait is made up of 3,724...

The Face of Suffrage | Royal Photographic Society | 2018

In 1918, after years of campaigning, women were granted the right to vote. One hundred years on, women and girls* across the region and beyond are invited to mark this historic moment as part of a living visual portrait of women in the 21st century. The...

Pictures of the Day | The Telegraph | 2018

A giant 65ft mosaic portrait of militant Suffragette Hilda Burkitt has been unveiled in the atrium of Grand Central at Birmingham New Street Station. The mosaic is made up of 3,724 photos submitted by members of the public to create the Named face of...

The stories behind the Face of Suffrage artwork | BBC | 2018

Thousands of photos will form a giant mosaic of a suffragette to mark 100 years since British women won the vote. Here are just some of the stories behind the pictures about to go on show. Illustrator Megan Price has such belief in the suffrage movement she has a...

The Face of Suffrage | BBC Midlands Today | 2018

BBC Midlands Today "Calling all women and girls, time's running out if you want to be part of a giant mosaic that will be going up in New Street Station in Birmingham."Click the video below to watch the full...

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