Visitors to the “Women Like You” exhibition at Manchester City Art Galleries will see a photo mosaic of the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst created by the artist Charlotte Newson.
The artist invited members of the public to send in photos of women who have inspired them. The photos have been used to create the mosaic portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst.
This is accompanied in the exhibition by screens showing the photos individually plus a soundtrack giving details about the women nominated.
The photos of Barbara and former Salford Mayor, Val Burgoyne are featured in the mosaic. Other women from Greater Manchester featured are Arlene McCarthy MEP and former MP, Estelle Morris.
Visitors can spot many celebrated women from politics, public life, plus authors and women who work in film, television and radio. These include Mo Mowlam, Angela Merkel, Ang San Suu Kyi and Maya Angelou. Also featured are J K Rowling, Anita Roddick, Jenni Murray, Germaine Greer, Dawn French and a number of athletes including Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Visitors can also see the photos of many women who are the mothers, daughters, sisters or friends of the people who nominated them as inspirational women.
“I knew I had been nominated and I am thrilled to be included in this work. The suffragettes have always inspired me and it is great to be part of this photo mosaic portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst.
“I was pleased to see Val Burgoyne had been included too. Val is doing great work as Manager of the new Salford Emmaus, a shop raising funds for the Emmaus community to help the homeless. This is inspiring work and Val has done a valuable job in getting Emmaus Salford going.”
“Charlotte Newson’s mosaic portrait is original and a tribute to women from Emmeline Pankhurst through to today.”
The exhibition “Women Like You” at Manchester City Art Gallery runs from Saturday 6 March 2010 - Sunday 9 May 2010, with free entry.