The Face of Suffrage at Birmingham New Street Station

19 November 2018


Closes: 14th December 2018 

200 square metre giant photo mosaic reveals the Suffragette Hilda Burkitt.

‘The Face of Suffrage’, at Birmingham New Street, is a floor-based 200 metre-square photo mosaic revealing the face of a Suffragette with a ‘daring and brave’ story to tell. It is made up of more than 3,700 photos of women and girls submitted by the public, combined with hundreds of historical images from the early 1900’s. The artwork commemorates 100 years of the women’s vote from across the West Midlands and beyond. The portrait is of Hilda Burkitt (1876-1955) the first Suffragette to be forcibly fed a total of 292 times. She worked at the Birmingham Women’s Social and Political Union in Ethel Street (near New Street station). Hilda threw a stone at Prime Minister Asquith’s train as it pulled out of the station and she was incarcerated at Winson Green Prison.

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Helen Marshall, the artist behind the artwork and the People's Picture, said: "This artwork is a personal statement as well as a more universal one. I inserted a few women who meant a lot to me including my mother, my daughter, and a friend who passed last year. I researched a number of women from the West Midlands involved in women’s suffrage, and whilst all these women have a daring and brave story to tell, Hilda's was uniquely connected to the station and Birmingham. The portrait is of a smiling Edwardian lady, but her story is far from what we might expect, much like the public submissions."

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The artwork remains in place until December 14th, the date some women first voted in the UK.