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Our final group blog post is from Ceramicist Jen Smith who worked with The Women’s Creative Company.  If you missed the chance to view their work at South Block then read on for a teaser of where to see it next! 


As a ceramicist, I usually start a piece of work with a clear image in my mind of what it will be, right down the curve of a handle or the flashes of colour across the surface; this project was entirely different and liberatingly so.

Coming into an established group as welcoming, enthusiastic,  and outspoken as the Women’s Creative Company has been a total joy. It was clear very early on from our discussions and clay maquettes that there were several ideas that we wanted to communicate through our statue so talk turned to the best methods of using all of these sources without confusing our message.

I proposed a collaged surface which allows separate images to find new context through placement and association. We workshopped ideas by making test collages and reflected on how the meanings developed in ways we could use on our statue.

Through this organic method of working we found a shared voice and it became clear to have a woman in a wheelchair who represents every woman. Her feet are her roots with historical imagery of slavery and the suffrage movement, the plants and leaves growing there are wilting and stifled.

Her torso is collaged with photos of the many women who deserve statues in Glasgow surrounded with blooming flowers, their names embroidered alongside them – a nod to the textile industry in the Merchant City and to ‘women’s work’.

Her face lists the many professions and achievements of the women she represents alongside common derogatory words women often have to endure on their way to those respected positions. Her face is purposefully looking to somewhere in the distance, an acknowledgment that there is still somewhere more to go.

It is a celebration of what women have achieved and have yet to achieve; as colourful, glorious and diverse as the wonderful women who helped to make her.

Our statue will also be used as part of the Merchant City Festival performance by A Moment’s Peace Theatre working with Terra Inconita Arts so you can get a closer look there!


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Date & Times for Hidden Footprints at Merchant City Festival

  • SAT 29 JUL 201712.00PM – 1.00PM
  • SAT 29 JUL 20172.30PM – 3.30PM
  • SAT 29 JUL 20174.30PM – 5.30PM
  • SUN 30 JUL 201712.00PM – 1.00PM
  • SUN 30 JUL 20172.30PM – 3.30PM
  • SUN 30 JUL 20174.30PM – 5.30PM

This week Andy Murray won Wimbledon. It was brilliant. We roared, yelped and danced in delight as Murray wrote his name in the sporting history books. We offer our hearty congratulations and enjoyed witnessing this truly excellent sporting moment.

Many heralded this win as the first British Wimbledon win in 77 years – The Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail declared this proudly in their papers, it was proclaimed on the BBC, and even Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated Murray on the first British win since Fred Perry’s victory in 1936.

Yet Murray is not the first British winner in 77 years. Between Perry’s win in 1936 and Murray’s win in 2013 there have been four British Wimbledon champions. These four winners were all women and, in our not-so-equitable world, they seem to have been erased from history.

How could these incredible women be ignored?!

Ladies and Gentleman, we give to you four sporting legends you can be proud of; the four British Wimbledon Champions of the last 77 years.

ImageDorothy Round

Dorothy Round won two Singles titles at Wimbledon – one in 1934 and a second in 1937. Round also won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles three times, the British Women’s Hard Court Championships on a number of occasions and the Australian Ladies’ Singles Title.

Born in Dudley, Round began playing tennis at the age of twelve and made her first Wimbledon appearance at the age of 18. In a memorable match with one of her main rivals, American Helen Wills Moody, Round sportingly argued against a controversial line call, appealing for it to be overturned in favour of her opponent. Despite her generous sporting gesture, Round went on to lose this match in three sets.

Round was a committed Christian and refused to play tennis on a Sunday. She retired from the game in the autumn of 1937 but remained involved in the sport as a coach, journalist and administrator.


Angela Mortimer

Angela Mortimer claimed the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles crown in 1961. Mortimer also won the Ladies’ Doubles title at Wimbledon in 1955 as well as the French Championships, and the Australian Championships.

The 1961 Wimbledon final (believe it or not) was a battle between two British women as Mortimer faced Christine Truman. Mortimer was World Number 1, and partially deaf. She had been in the Wimbledon final before, losing in 1958, and was determined not to lose again. The game went to three sets with Mortimer winning 4-6 6-4 7-5.

Mortimer began playing tennis in the late 1940s but the Second World War put her practice on hold as the tennis courts were used to house chickens. After seeing an advert offering tennis lesson in the local newspaper, Mortimer got in touch with coach Arthur Roberts and began training. One day, early on in her training, Roberts asked Mortimer to hit a ball against a wall whilst he went on his lunch break. When he came back, Mortimer was still hitting the ball. Roberts remarked, ‘Well, if you’re that bloody-minded, I guess you’ve got some chance.’

ImageAnn Haydon-Jones

Ann Haydon-Jones beat the famous Billie Jean King to win the Wimbledon title in 1969 and won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles in the same year. She also won the French Championships twice as a singles player and three times as a doubles player.

Haydon-Jones’ mother and father were both world-class table tennis players and Haydon-Jones followed in their footsteps. She began playing table tennis at the age of four, standing on a trestle table so she could reach the ball, and became a world-class table-tennis player by the age of 14.

Hayden-Jones became a professional tennis player in 1969, joining with King and other high-profile players to organise the first professional female touring group. Hayden-Jones had played in thirteen consecutive Wimbledon tournaments before beating King in 1969. Later on that year, she was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Since retiring from the sport, Haydon Jones has worked for the Women’s Tennis Association, as a commentator and she now serves on the committee at Wimbledon.

ImageVirginia Wade

Virginia Wade became Wimbledon Ladies’ Champion in 1977. In total, she won 55 professional singles championships, including three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles championships.

Wade was born in Bournemouth but brought up in South Africa. Her father was archdeacon in Durban but the family returned to the UK during apartheid. Wade played tennis throughout her childhood and continued playing regularly in tournaments throughout university.

It took Wade 16 attempts to win Wimbledon and she final achieved her goal beating Betty Stove in the centenary year of the competition.

After retiring from competitive tennis, Wade worked as a coach, commentator and game analyst and she was the first women to be elected onto the Wimbledon committee.