Design chosen for Manchester Pankhurst statue

Sculptor Hazel Reeves has been announced as the designer who will create the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester, with her 'chair' design winning the public’s vote and the unanimous support of the selection committee.

The winning designer, Hazel Reeves, said, “I feel incredibly privileged to be selected to sculpt my hero, and Manchester’s hero, Emmeline Pankhurst. There was tough competition. The response to my design has been overwhelming; Emmeline as the courageous, determined and dignified activist.

The statue will be located, subject to planning permission, in the new garden area of St Peter's Square and will be unveiled on International Women's Day, March 8, 2019.

Emmeline Pankhurst will be Manchester's second female statue, joining Queen Victoria. The rest are all of men.