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The exhibition features photographs of 100 First Women – extraordinary people who have been the first woman to achieve a landmark in their field. They range from the first female speaker of the House of Commons to the first female professional beatboxer, taking in the Grand National, mine clearing, sheepdog training, science and technology, the Man Booker Prize and many, many others on the way.
We want to share their stories with people right across the UK and beyond, with women and men, girls and boys.
These women are our trailblazers. They follow in the footsteps of generations of women and men fighting for equality to show us what can be done if we challenge ourselves and the society we live in.
The inaugural exhibition was on show in the Dyson Building of the Royal College of Art, London, from 20 July - 22 August 2018
it was open every day 12-5pm and free entry. (thanks to the crowd!) and over 2600 visitors came to enjoy the 100 First Women Portraits.
The 100 First Women Portraits are now on a two year tour of the UK, so look out for the show in a gallery near you.. and it's free entry in most places too.
So far over 100,000 visitors have been inspired by the 'Firsts!'
The Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
15th September 2018 - 3rd February 2019
The Palace House, Newmarket, Suffolk
14th February - 10th June 2019
St George's Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire
18th June - 31st August 2019
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, Midlands
14th September - 27th October 2019
Due to Covid -19 & temporary closures of galleries .....
delays and changes to dates following Brighton
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton, Sussex
15th February - TBC 2020 (hope to extend the run)
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Devon
21st August - 17th November 2020 TBC
St Andrew's University, St Andrew's, Scotland
Late November 2020 - Late February 2021TBC
check www.1stwomenuk.co.uk for latest information
In 2008, I had a powerful vision
I knew I had to create a body of work unlike anything I’d seen before. I wanted to celebrate women who have pushed boundaries to achieve their dreams in their own field. I wanted to tell their story, and I wanted it to be seen in 2018 as a celebration of 100 years of female suffrage.
I want to share their inspiration with as many people as I possibly can. These stories can open up the aspirations of the next generation, and capture what can be achieved when strong people dare to say yes to their dreams.
The next step will be to take the portraits around the country to tell the story to as many people as we can. We are self publishing a beautiful photographic book which will be a lasting legacy of this iconic collection of women. And if funds allow we will be creating an online educational resource too.
How you can help
The money we raise will go towards the cost of the exhibition – printing, framing, gallery space, transport, security and self publishing and keeping the exhibition FREE FOR ALL
Proceeds from the book sales will go back into the First Women UK pot and will be used to create the online educational resource.
And what's in it for you?
We have some great rewards available eg - Your own copy of signed Limited Edition 100 First Women Portraits
'Inspiring the Next Generation' Anita will visit a school of your choice and describe the mission, the vision and the passion behind First Women UK.
Or if you would like something more informal why not bid to spend an afternoon with Anita learning the tricks of the trade..'Learn From the Pro'
See us in the media!
We have recently featured in BBC's 20/7/18
about 23 minutes in to programme
BBC's Front Row 17/7/18
about 16 minutes into the programme
BBC's Radio Wales on Janice Long's programme 11/7/18
about 1hour 11 minutes into the programme
Culture Trip and the Evening Standard
Culture Trip link
Anita was interviewed by Dame Inga Beale (CEO Lloyds of London) at the Fortune Most Powerful Women meeting in London - see this link to watch the video.