Our aim is simple - include women in the public works of art in the town, in recognition of the significant contribution they have made, and continue to make, to the borough in politics, the arts, business, education, health, social care and science.
Despite a wealth of strong, high-achieving women in our history, Bedford numbers not one female statue amongst its 11 existing works of public art. This is a common theme across the country.
We have selected one of the town's most passionate advocates of women's equality - a strong and enigmatic woman who was head of the local school, a business leader, educationalist, suffragette and politician. Amy Walmsley deserves a place amongst the celebrated leaders in the town's history.
She will be sculpted by the renowned and experienced Diane Gorvin who has been working with communities for her whole career to bring to life their ambitions.
The statue will address the huge gap in the town’s existing 11 works of public art. A mere 2.7% of the UK’s statues are of historical, non-royal women - much greater recognition is needed for the astonishing contribution made by woman to the story of our borough, our country and the world.
Risks and challenges
In order to hit the unveiling deadline of 14th December we have ambitious fundraising targets.
We are confident that we will raise the funds needed in time - however, in the event that we do not hit the milestones, we have a contingency plan in place. The statue will be unveiled regardless of timings - it is a matter of when, not if. The next dates scheduled for the unveiling is 30 May 2019, which is 90 years to the day women over 21 could finally vote for the first time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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