The Face of Suffrage

100 Years (1918-2018)

In 1918, after years of campaigning, women were granted the right to vote. Their voices were finally heard. Now it’s your turn! Send us your selfie or photos of the women and girls* in your life you wish to celebrate. Be part of a giant photo mosaic at Birmingham New Street Station. These can be new pictures or scanned pictures from the family album or social media. We are inviting all of you to mark this historic moment as part of a living visual portrait of women in the 21st century. The giant portrait will reveal a local Suffragist whose ‘daring and brave’ story will inspire & invigorate the city.

*identify as female or non binary

Deadline 31st October

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The People’s Picture is a photography and design studio from British artist Helen Marshall

The People's Picture

Every artwork is made up of thousands of photos yet every single one tells a story

The People's Picture

We create innovative photo artworks and installations at the leading edge of design and technology

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100 Years (1918-2018)

In 1918, after years of campaigning, women were granted the right to vote. Their voices were finally heard, now it’s your turn! Send us your selfie or photos of the women and girls* in your life you wish to celebrate. Be part of a giant photo mosaic at Birmingham New Street Station. These can be new pictures or scanned pictures from the family album or social media. We are inviting all of you to mark this historic moment as part of a living visual portrait of women in the 21st century. The giant portrait will reveal a local Suffragist whose ‘daring and brave’ story will inspire & invigorate the city.

*identify as female or non binary

Deadline 31st October

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The People's Picture

The People’s Picture is a photography and design studio from British artist Helen Marshall

The People's Picture

Every artwork is made up of thousands of photos yet every single one tells a story

The People's Picture

We create innovative photo artworks and installations at the leading edge of design and technology

In Partnership with

Birmingham New Street is more than just a station, it is a central hub for people living in and visiting the West Midlands.We hope the project will engage women who work at the station as well as passengers, shoppers and people walking through the station.

GRAIN  is an arts organisation dedicated to commissioning, facilitating and delivering ambitious, engaging and high-quality photography projects, commissions, events and exhibitions. GRAIN collaborate with partners regionally, nationally and internationally to collaborate with communities and reach new audiences.

This project is supported by Arts Council England. England has a dynamic visual arts sector that seeks constantly to reinvent itself, blurring boundaries and collaborating with other creative disciplines. We fund projects across a broad range of media, including painting, sculpture and film.

The project will celebrate and commemorate this important year for women, 100 years of the vote, utilising archive and historical imagery from The Women’s Library, England’s main library and museum resource on women and the women’s movement.

Creating the Artwork

A project by The People’s Picture, co-produced by GRAIN, with the support of Network Rail, Arts Council England and CrossCountry Rail. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on, we are inviting women and girls* across the region and beyond to mark this historic moment as part of a living visual portrait of women in the 21st century.

The 200 square metre giant portrait revealing the face of a local woman from the Suffrage movement will be composed of approximately 3,500 photos and unveiled on the concourse at Birmingham New Street Station on November 15th. An exhibition of photos of women involved the Suffrage Movement from LSE Woman’s Library will be exhibited at Birmingham Hippodrome from the 16th October 2018. Around 170,000 people will see the artwork per day, people from all over the UK, local, national and international travellers as they pass through the station.

Our idea is to celebrate #100years of women’s right to vote by creating a highly visible artwork composed of new and old photographs revealing all kinds of women and girls from the past as well as present day. It marks a close to the centenary with a bold visual statement, pointing to the future yet remaining in public memory. It not only commemorates & celebrates an important year for women but also will educate & inspire.

*(who identify as girls, women or non-binary).

Stories

Moira

My three independent daughters and me just before my son's wedding, when another strong woman joined our family.

Sandra

My gran lived through both World Wars & passed away when I was 18, I'm now 55. My mom passed away 3 years ago with dementia. Both were incredible, strong women & an inspiration to me. I miss them both terribly. My gran especially would be proud to have her...

Sarah

Nan van Hooydonk nee Hay (left) was my great aunt. Born 1885 in London, she loved amateur dramatics both acting and playing the piano. She married a Dutch artist and lived in Highgate until the age of 99.

Rhys

This is my great aunt who lived in Aberystwyth Wales and a photo of her taken around 1912. I have copies of her letters and she wrote about many things happening in the world at that time

Alison

Alison is a train driver, she started driving back when it was extremely rare for females to drive trains and was a union rep too, fighting for many female drivers rights. She looked after her sister when she was ill and her six children and grandchildren...

Andrew

My mother Christina (on the right) moved to the U.K as a nurse from a small Irish town called Ballinasloe in Galway, Ireland. She was the most wonderful person who imbued in me a strong set of moral principles and rock solid work ethic for which I will be...

Jeanette

My grandmother, Elsie Gilby, as a nurse c1930s

Rosalynd

My Grandma was the strongest woman I know and a feminist before the word existed. I try hard to have a tiny sliver of her kindness and strength every day.

Tim

This is my mother, Dorothy. As well as being a teacher she volunteered for many organisations and was one of the very first Samaritans. Her life was one of seeing the best in people and offering support.

Yvonne

Miss Lily Winkles of Hackney as a dancer and roller-skater champion, 1910. She was 21.

Kerry

100 years ago neither of us would have had the right to vote. 1 year ago today we stood for equality and became a married couple. This would not be possible without the great women before us who fought to give us a voice.

Lee

My Mother Julie Adeline Harrison photographed by my Grandmother Mrs Ruth Handley FRPS. My Grandmother was a renowned photographer.

Sarah

My name is Sarah. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer back in January 2018.

Megan

This photo is a post-yoga stretch that shows my calf tattoo of Emmeline Pankhurst who is my absolute hero.

Sabs

I am a first generation Indian Sikh from a family of 4 girls, born to parents who only wanted boys. I grew up as a ‘tomboy’, constantly trying to prove to my Dad girls were OK.

Mareena

This Mahnoor. Mahnoor has always been a strong, loving and intelligent young lady.

Carl

This my Nan, Lil Perry, nee Wood, second from the left, at work in a factory. It was probably taken at Benton and Stone’s, Aston in the late 1950’s.

Juliette Noir

My name is Juliette Noir, I am a non-binary person who expresses gender identity in more than one way.

Thai

Shereen…If I didn’t have this lady as a Mother I’d choose her as a friend.

Tikara

Me and my best friend, we bonded over a love of literature and feminism.

Mary Cobb

Mary Cobb was born in 1946, she married Anthony Squibb and is to this day the Matriarch of the family

Public Gallery

The full gallery of photos is updated here every few days. It includes all public contributions via the campaign, photographer’s contributions and more.

View the full gallery here

Women’s Library LSE

LSE The Women’s Library history can be traced back to the women’s suffrage movement and the 1866 women’s suffrage petition. This marked the beginning of the organised campaign for the vote which ended in 1928 when women achieved equal voting rights with men in the Equal Franchise Act.

View LSE Library website.

Join Us

Now it’s your turn! Send us your photos of your mum, your sister, your work colleagues, your wife, your selfie and be part of a giant photo mosaic at Birmingham New Street Station. We are inviting all of you to mark this historic moment as part of a living visual portrait of women in the 21st century.

Everybody can take part as we all have a woman or girl in their life to celebrate. The project will commemorate 100 years of votes for women and the role and achievements of women today, is free and open to all online and across the region via a public campaign and photography pop up events. You can submit your photo and story here (as many as you like – the more the better) or attend a pop up photo event. Join us by becoming a photographer, contact us if you are interested in having your photograph taken, all for free! We need as many photos as possible to make this giant artwork. 

Your story does not need to be heroic – it could be about love, or something everyday. It could be about you or someone else you have permission from. It could be a vintage photo, a memory, a loved one or a woman you admire. Your photo may become a featured photo and story in our galleries and on our social media pages.

Every picture tells a story, what’s yours?

Online & Social Media

Why is this an important time for women? What woman in your life inspires you, or what is inspirational about you? 100 years ago women fought for our right to vote, how has this affected you? What does the future hold for women? What do you want the future to be for you? Share your images on social media and we will share them. If you want your photo included in the artwork use the form as we need your consent. Please ensure your post settings on Facebook are set to public or we cannot see them. You can link to The People’s Picture so we can share your photo as follows:

Instagram: @thepeoplespicture    Facebook: @thepeoplespicture     Twitter: @PeoplesPicture

#faceofsuffrage #vote100 #thepeoplespicture

Pop Up Events – All welcome

  • Station Concourse Monday 8th October –  Have your photo taken with a suffragette, and have your portrait taken and tell us your story.
  • Station Concourse Monday 22nd October –  Have your photo taken with a suffragette, and have your portrait taken and tell us your story.
  • Station Concourse Monday 29th October – Have your photo taken with a suffragette, and have your portrait taken and tell us your story.
  • In addition to the above events contact GRAIN Projects if you are interested in taking part as a photographer or in having your photograph taken. GRAIN is a photography organisation based in Birmingham that works with professional photographers on commissions, exhibitions and professional development.

Become a Photographer

If you want to participate by becoming a photographer, please read the guidelines and download the document below:

Photography Brief

Birmingham New Street railway station

Behind the Scenes

Find out what is happening behind the scenes, in the studio, at the printers and on the trains.

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