Launch of All-Women Photo Exhibition

By Demi Williams

To mark 100 years since women achieved the right to vote, an all-female photography initiative have created portraits of the UK’s women MPs, shot exclusively by female photographers. These will be displayed in a free public exhibition called ‘209 Women’ at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery, which will launch tonight!

HelenGrant,MP,Maidstone&The Weald by Emma Freeman Portraits1

‘209 Women’ is a national artist-led project to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage. A collective of 209 female photographers from all across the UK have formed to volunteer their time to make and mark history.

These portraits will be on display at the Open Eye Gallery starting tonight at 6pm, and will be a free exhibition that will run until 14th April.

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, by Lottie Davies

The exhibition first launched in the Houses of Parliament on December 14 of last year, 100 days to the day since the first women voted in a UK general election.

Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of leading suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, said: “The exhibition will for once put women centre stage, acting as a reminder to never leave women out of the equation, on behalf of all citizens but particularly the 51% of the population who have been so unequally represented.

“To represent and be presented for what we are – as women, by women – is a very special thing. This is what 209 women is all about.”

Helen Pankhurst with Emmeline Pankhurst statue. Photo by Drlbm, via Wikimedia Commons

Tracy Marshall, Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery, said: “This project carries so much potential in communicating our vision of gender parity, pointing to a society where policy is made with people of all genders in mind. That’s why everyone at Open Eye Gallery is behind this national collaboration of artists and politicians, all the way: to light up the way to a future where gender is no obstacle — in art, in business, in politics and in every other pursuit.”

Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, by Hannah Starkey

209 Women is delivered in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool City Council, The Royal Photographic Society and The Sorority. It is presented as part of a year-round programme in partnership with Culture Liverpool, to champion the achievements of women and highlight the ongoing need for gender parity.

Fore more information on the exhibition launch, visit Open Eye Gallerys’ website.


Images courtesy of Open Eye Gallery

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