Emmeline Pankhurst will be the first woman to be immortalised in statue form in Manchester for more than 100 years, as currently, the city’s only statue of a woman is a statue of Queen Victoria in Piccadilly Gardens.
Helen Pankhurst said: “Over the last few months the committee met some very impressive sculptors and saw some wonderful ideas take shape. “Hazel’s creation has rightly risen to the top. It is memorable and evocative, a simple and yet very powerful evocation of one of the most iconic women in history.”
Chair of the committee, Manchester councillor Andrew Simcock, said: “Hazel has impressed me with her passion for women’s rights and gender equality, her enthusiasm for the project and her willingness to engage in the broader educational opportunities this will unlock.
Hazel, Sean Hedges-Quinn, Martin Jennings, Nick Roberson, Amelia Rowcroft and Roxy and Steve Winterburn all submitted designs to MPs and members of the public, but Hazel Reeves’ design – ‘Rise Up Women’ – was chosen from the six shortlisted models.
Judges unanimously backed her vision for the statue commemorating the Moss Side-born activist, which will be unveiled in St Peter’s Square in the city centre on International Women’s Day in March 2019.
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