Addressing historial gender imbalance in Manchester – The Stature Project

I’m so intrigued with Manchester-based artists Helen Davies and Jenny White right now. Together they’re working on a project called the “Stature Project” which “aims to draw attention to the achievements of eight inspirational women and their hitherto ‘hidden’ status in formal public commemorative art.”

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They explain further, “the ground floor of Manchester Town Hall is brimming with portrait busts of people of achievement – the sculpture cafe hosts 16 busts; and a further 8 line the entrance corridor. However it’s an all-male cast; representations of women are conspicuously absent.”

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“Through the Stature project, we’re interested in reframing or revisioning the past; finding ways of bringing women’s achievements from the margins to the centre of culture so they are celebrated and valued accordingly.”

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“We will quite literally weave the achievements of notable Mancunian women into the fabric of Manchester town hall.”

The pieces go up in October. What a fabulous way to call attention to this historical lack of representation.

Read more about it over at the Stature Project blog.

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