The Mary on the Green (MOTG) campaign is delighted to announce our winner: the pioneering British artist Maggi Hambling CBE. She will create the world's first memorial sculpture celebrating the foremother of feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft.
"I'm really excited at the prospect of realising my idea, inspired by the trailblazer Mary Wollstonecraft. I hope the piece will act as a metaphor for the challenges women continue to face as we confront the world," said Maggi Hambling.
MOTG Patron Jude Kelly said: "Maggi Hambling, herself a modern legend, is a wonderful choice to capture the spirit and strength of Wollstonecraft."
The judges were unanimous in their agreement that this is a radical proposal embodying radical ideas. The figure, an everywoman, emerges out of organic matter, almost like a birth. This evokes Newington Green as the birthplace of feminism, and echoes Wollstonecraft's claim to be "the first of a new genus." It will be a tangible inspiration to local young people, and will feature her words: "I do not wish women to have power over men but over themselves."
Bee Rowlatt, MOTG chair, said: "This mould-breaking work of art will provoke debate, which is what public art should do, and which is what Wollstonecraft did her whole life!"
A huge thanks to our lovely friends at Radical Tea Towel who kindly donated £281 to help us break the bronze ceiling in their charity giveaway. Our campaign relies on supporters like these - please dig deep and help us if you can as we enter this next exciting phase!
Thanks to everyone who supported us during International Women's Day week when we had the triple whammy of our Men's Letter in the Guardian; the launches of #MinuteForMary and our PETITION to Mayor Sadiq Khan, and last but not least: finally the announcement of our artist shortlist!
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn launched our #MinuteForMary campaign with this speech and we thank him for his long term support - he's backed us all the way.
Massive thanks to content strategist Hannah Adcock for generously giving her time and talents for our website redesign. Buy her book
Supporter David Robinson of law firm HFW talks about Mary on the Green at the Global Equality and Diversity Awards
The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP joining the call to celebrate Mary Wollstonecraft, with David Robinson and our very own Sarah Gulamhusain
A proud history of promoting the mother of feminism here from our newest supporter Matthew Parris
MaryOnTheGreen welcomes Jude Kelly as a new patron to the charity
Mary on the Green's Bee Rowlatt brought Mary to the location of her marriage and burial: St Pancras Old Church
Wollstonecraft and friends at Newington Green Action Group's annual free festival Jazz on the Green
Artist and theatre director Professor Anna Birch of Mary on the Green introduced Mary Wollstonecraft's life and work, as well as a discussion of the campaign
Announcement of the forthcoming Smartphone application
MaryOnTheGreen has announced the forthcoming free walking tour for Mary App. The App will offer information on Mary, the Charity and support a walking tour of Mary's sites.
Between now and the full release we would welcome information related to places Mary visited. Please email us your suggestions.
WOW Festival at London's South Bank Centre
MOTG's Bee Rowlatt chaired BADASS FEMINISTS FROM HISTORY, a sold-out session at the Southbank WOW Festival (featuring new MOTG supporter Kathy Lette, the Guardian's Kira Cochrane and Sughra Ahmed, pictured) on celebrating the amazing women who've changed our world: Click here for details.
Wonderful news in this Islington Tribune article!
by MOTG supporter Amy Rodwell
Read RHS Alumna Amy Rodwell’s story of re-discovering the significance of her school house’s figurehead.
A portrait print makes a perfect present
This is the full-length image by street artist Stewy that appeared in Newington Green on International Women's Day. The artwork has been donated by the artist, so every penny goes to support the Mary on the Green campaign. Please buy a 2D Mary, and help the 3D memorial reach the Green!
The screen print is 50x70cm, on heavy stock. It is sold unframed, rolled in a protective tube, for £150. To order your original Stewy artwork, contact email@example.com
Mary on the Green's Anna Birch has been touring the country to screen her Scottish suffragette film MARCH which features an appearance by Mary (see if you can spot her!) Anna's company Fragments & Monuments creates films, publications and performances as a living monument to Mary.
Votes 100 is commemorating 100 years of the Representation of the People Act 1918. And they are featuring this fantastic article by Dr Dana Mills, bringing Wollstonecraft one step closer to Parliament!
The Fawcett Society published this to commemorate the anniversary of Mary Wollstonecraft's death
Both the Wollstonecraft book event, and a masterclass on A Vindication of the Rights of Woman sold out at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival!
On the power of local heroes: Mary on the Green champion Roberta Wedge is featured here in Islington Faces
Mary on the Green patron Dame Fiona Woolf inspiring our supporters at an event supported by the international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan
Our very own Barbara Hearn OBE cycled 60 miles, raising over £500 for Mary on the Green. Here are her tired but valiant legs, and here is her blog! Thank you Barbara
Our friends at law firm Holman Fenwick ran the British 10K London run, raising a whopping £1,730. Here's one of the runners, Nigel, being cheered by Roberta and Bee from the MOTG team
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Bee Rowlatt talks about Mary on the Green in a BBC interview streamed live on Facebook
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All funds from this Dartmouth Park Talk went to Mary on the Green
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Mary on the Green featured in the online magazine Standard Issue: Click here
We are delighted to announce that an anonymous donor has generously given £30,000 to Mary on the Green. This puts us well on our way towards giving Mary Wollstonecraft the long-overdue recognition that she so richly deserves.
Our friends at law firm Holman Fenwick are running 10k to raise funds! Check their progress and please support them: Click here
Wollstonecraft: from nobody to somebodyOn the 9th June the British Academy and Mary on the Green's Roberta Wedge joined for a special afternoon exploring Mary Wollstonecraft in "the village that changed the world", Newington Green.
The event provided an intriguing introduction to the British Academy's panel discussion, Thinkers for our time: Mary Wollstonecraft
WOW, Wollstonecraft and the Badass Women from HistoryThe Women of the World festival took over London's Southbank Centre for yet another hugely successful year, and once more Wollstonecraft WOWed the crowds.
Why Mary should be on the Green.
Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, indicates Government support for a statue to Mary Wollstonecraft, alongside Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of Labour, and Jeremy Corbyn, our long supporting MP and now Labour Leader.
Jeremy Corbyn, local MP and leader of the Labour Party, calls for more statues honouring women
Statues of Mary Wollstonecraft and Sylvia Pankhurst should be just the start
8th March, Bring Lights, Bring Attitude
Mary on the Green hits local headlines again!
Mary on the Green will be at WOW Festival this year, in events on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March. Get your tickets now!
A governmental U-turn means that Mary Wollstonecraft will no longer be the only woman represented in A-level politics. MP Rupa Huq urged her parliamentary colleagues not to "write women's perspectives and contributions out of our political history." Feminism is back on the curriculum!Click here for more information.
Wollstonecraft on the Independent's Best Biographies list
"An excellent exploration of the rights and roles of women, two centuries apart."Click here for more information.
The first new residential street in 100 years has been named Wollstonecraft Street. It is in London's Kings Cross. It was chosen after a 10,000 person competition.
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The launch of Mary on the Green's short film was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, receiving wide-spread support here and being featured on American public radio:
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Dr Andrea Schlieker
We are delighted to announce that curator and White Cube director, Dr Andrea Schlieker joined the MOTG team as our Visual Arts Consultant
Overnight Wollstonecraft appeared outside Newington Green Unitarian Church, courtesy of local street artist Stewy. The site is attracting fans and pilgrims...
To purchase a limited edition screen print (50x70cm) for £150 email firstname.lastname@example.org
To kickstart our major fundraising for the Mary on the Green project, we projected an image of Mary on the Houses of Parliament.
Projection image makes it onto the BBC's "Day in Pictures: 17 November": http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-15771704
Bee Rowlatt writes about Mary and the projection in the Times:
Coverage in the Telegraph: Norway and Mary Wollstonecraft: My heroine of the high seas, written by Bee Rowlatt.
Coverage in the Islington Tribune: Read the article by Peter Gruner
Maev Kennedy wrote an article about Mary and our project, which you can read here: International Women's Day launch for Mary Wollstonecraft memorial
On the same day, Mary also had a plaque in her honour unveiled on Newington Green. This special event was covered by the Islington Tribune in a piece entitled: Mary Wollstonecraft gets a green plaque at Newington Green Primary... will statue be next?
Radio 4: Woman's Hour
Later that week, our project was featured in a piece on Mary Wollstonecraft for Women's Hour on BBC Radio 4. You can listen to this programme here.