What Will It Mean for Bedford?
The impact for Bedford will be significant. Far more than an additional piece of public art for the community to enjoy - the sculpture makes a strong statement about our town's role in reversing the historical trend of making women invisible. In recognising the significance of the suffragette movement, alongside the national celebration of Vote 100, it celebrates Bedford’s central role in the campaign to create equality for all.
Owned By the People of Bedford
At the start of the project it was estimated that, if every woman in the Borough made a contribution, the target funds needed to commission the sculpture would easily be reached. Our next campaign is focused on 14th December 2018, which will mark 100 years since women first took to the polling booths to vote. We will be spreading the word, encouraging everyone in the town to donate £1 via our new online donation page on the website.
The statue will be in a prime positioned along The Embankment. Situated between the road and the Butterfly Bridge, opposite Russell Park, it is in the centre of one of the busiest routes through the town. Located at ground level it invites interaction from all visitors and passers-by.
Diane Gorvin is the artist responsible for bringing Amy to life. She makes sculpture for the public realm, collaborating on a wide range of public art projects, throughout the UK and internationally.
Experienced in liaising with architects, structural engineers, fabricators and landscape architects, she designs, makes and installs hundreds of sculptural works in a wide variety of environments in both urban and rural contexts.
Who are 'Women of Bedford'?
A volunteer-led community group working with schools, community groups and public bodies to identify and celebrate the impact women have had on the heritage of our borough, informing and inspiring current and future generations.
The team work across communities in Bedford to ensure representation from the diverse population of the town. Through education, art and engagement, they bring groups together and encourage integration.
How can the town get involved?
The statue has been created by the town for the people of the town. Individuals have already donated generously - anyone wishing to support the statue can do so via our website www.womenofbedford.org.uk - the online donation tool will be live from next month.
There are some exciting, fascinating, powerful stories in our town's history. Uncovering these, sharing them in a substantial way, has the potential to change the way we see ourselves - to recognise the important, hidden people who have created the place we love.
For up to date news on the project, follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BedfordWomen
We are also on Twitter (@WomenOfBedford) , and Instagram (womenofbedford)
If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas or just want to chat, we'd love to hear from you! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org