A new photographic project which will capture portraits of inspiring women in Gloucester is being launched to mark International Women’s Day in 2022.
Demonstrating the ‘indomitable and pioneering spirit’ of Gloucester women, the project – which is run by the Gloucester Museum and local charity Hundred Heroines – will see female photographers capturing the portraits of 100 inspiring women, hardworking line to artists, poets and dignitaries.
The portraits will then be featured in a special exhibition at the Gloucester Museum in December 2022.
Among the women featured are South African-British poet and filmmaker Thembe Mvula and two of the 50 Inspirational Women of SoGlos in Gloucestershire, the Most Reverend Bishop Rachel Treweek – the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England; and Carol Francis – the first black woman to be elected to Gloucester City Council and the first black sheriff and deputy mayor of Gloucester City.
As part of the project, JOLT Gloucester will hold workshops to encourage more women to take up photography, while Gloucester Guildhall will host a live performance by Thembe Mvula, as well as a screening of Ali and Ava by Clio Barnard, nominated for the BAFTAs, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, this Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
Hundred Heroines, which is the UK’s only charity dedicated to celebrating women in photography, is encouraging people to nominate their own local heroines by sharing an image of them on social media with #100GlosHeroines.
Gloucester Mayor Councilor Collette Finnegan said: “It’s extremely important to score
International Women’s Day in remembrance of the contributions that women everywhere
Gloucester brings the city to life.
“This is a fantastic project that will help share and collect these powerful stories that represent and empower our communities.”
Hundred Heroines founder Del Barrett added: “We are incredibly thrilled to partner
with the Gloucester Museum to bring together these inspiring women. We hope these portraits of local heroines will highlight the importance of empowering women 365 days a year, and not just on International Women’s Day.
For more information, visit museumofgloucester.co.uk.
By Chloe Gorman
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Monday 07 March 2022