Photo Memory Potifa. Courtesy of Leeds Arts University.

Feminist Public Sculpture, Leeds Arts University

24 May – 04 July 2019
Blenheim Walk Gallery
Open 10.00 – 16.00 Monday to Friday
Free entry

This exhibition showcases the work of four artists chosen to create a new public sculpture to celebrate the achievements of women in the city of Leeds.

This project aims to readdress the gender balance of public sculpture in an innovative way, celebrating the achievements of the women of Leeds and will follow in the footsteps of Leeds Arts University alumna, Barbara Hepworth, with an avant-garde approach.

The contribution of women in Leeds has shaped the city’s industrial and cultural life, from Isabella Ford, who helped to form the Leeds Women’s Suffrage Society in 1890, to the women textile workers she represented. In more recent years prominent Leeds women have included Dame Fanny Waterman, DBE, piano teacher, and the founder, Chairman and Artistic Director of the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition as well as Nicola Adams OBE, the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title in 2012. However, as is the case in cities throughout the country, the achievements of the women of Leeds have been historically underrepresented, especially in the provision of public sculpture.

This exhibition is the first opportunity to see the proposed designs created by the four shortlisted artists:

Briony Marshall, sculptor and installation artist

Pippa Hale, Leeds-based contemporary artist

Wendy Briggs, installation artist working across a variety of media

Zsófia Jakab, interdisciplinary artist

This is a joint project developed by Rachel Reeves (Member of Parliament for Leeds West) in partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds Arts University. Additionally, the exhibition aims to research the broader context for women’s visibility in the public realm from across the UK, with select examples from Glasgow and Manchester, among others.


Research forum: Thursday 4 July, 15.00
Confirmed speakers include: Professor Griselda Pollock, Hazel Reeves, Sharon Thomas, and Rachel Reeves. The event is free and open to all.

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