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Rebel women

Rebel women

Rebel women

Rebel Women is a year-long season of events at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018 to mark the centenary of women gaining the vote in Britain.

Throughout 2018


The season will reflect on the suffrage movement but also focus on pioneering women throughout history and on the contemporary relevance of active citizenship and the ongoing battle for equality. Partnerships and collaborations will develop across the year including displays, a trail highlighting inspirational women in the Collection, a rich programme of events and activities for schools to inspire and engage young people.


Votes for Women

A special display Votes for Women (running until 3 June 2018) will explore the hard-fought campaign for the vote through portraits of the key participants, including paintings of Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett and Dame Christabel Pankhurst, and surveillance photographs of Suffragettes, issued to the National Portrait Gallery by Scotland Yard in 1914.

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Votes for Women: Pioneers

Votes for Women: Pioneers is a complimentary showcase display highlighting Victorian pioneers in the struggle for political representation such as Jane Cobden Unwin and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

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A new Gallery book 100 Pioneering Women, available to pre-order, will feature portraits of women from the Collection. From Elizabeth I to Zaha Hadid, the book celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout history, highlighting not only well-known figures but also women whose stories have been forgotten.

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A range of free and ticketed events including talks and workshops complement the season

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We’re excited to launch our #RebelWomenTrail, created to highlight the enduring influence of the Collection’s female sitters.

Chosen by some the leading contemporary women of the present, the trail explores the extraordinary and often unprecedented achievements of women from the past.

Available for free at the Gallery from today until the end of 2018, the Rebel Women Trail includes the voices of Miranda Hart, Ali Smith, Gillian Wearing, Sara Pascoe and Liv Little and features sitters such as Elizabeth I, Marie Stopes, Mary Seacole and Olive Morris.

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Partnership Exhibitions

In partnership with the National Trust the Gallery has loaned portraits from the Gallery’s Collections for Faces of Change: Votes for Women at The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire (29 April – 22 July 2018), Killerton, Devon, (4 August – 31 October 2018) and Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland, (November 2018 – February 2019). The touring display presents an overview of the campaign for Votes for Women from the late nineteenth century until 1918 including portraits of key figures. The Gallery’s regional National Trust partners, Montacute House and Beningbrough Hall, will also open new displays as part of the Trust’s Women and Power season this year.

Rebel Women sponsored by MGallery by Sofitel

Win a luxury overnight stay for two

The Gallery has partnered with MGallery to offer a luxury overnight stay for two at one of their five boutique hotels, including afternoon tea and breakfast.

Simply share which women inspire you and why on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #RebelWomen to enter.

The winner can choose to enjoy an overnight stay at one of the following MGallery boutique hotels, including afternoon tea and breakfast.*

Victory House London

Francis Hotel Bath

Castle Hotel Windsor

Queens Hotel Cheltenham

Woughton House Milton Keynes

In addition, each month until the end of the year, a winner will be chosen to win a copy of the Gallery’s new book 100 Pioneering Women, which presents 100 inspiring women from the Collection and celebrates their accomplishments.

The winner of the MGallery competition will be announced January 2019.

  1. Entrants must be 18 years and over and residents of the UK
  2. Closing date of the competition for the hotel stay is 23:59 31/12/2018. All entries will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will selected and notified via social media by 12:59 31/01/2019. The winner must claim their prize by 23:59 15/02/2019 or it will be considered forfeited and another draw will take place. Valid until 31 May 2019, dates subject to availability. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  3. The monthly book prize will run from 10:00 09/05/2018 until 23:59 31/12/2018. Entries received between the first day of the month and the last day of each month will be considered. Each winner will be notified via social media 14 days after closing. The winner must claim their prize within one month or it will be considered forfeited.
  4. Entrants must be 18 or over.
  5. Entry is limited to one per person.
  6. All hotel stay booking dates are subject to availability.
  7. The hotel stay prize includes afternoon tea and breakfast.
  8. The hotel stay prize does not include travel, to or from the chosen hotel.
  9. Entries can only be submitted using the #RebelWomen on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
  10. Entries made using automated competition entry systems or similar are not allowed.
  11. The winning entrants will be selected on merit by the National Portrait Gallery from valid entries received by the closing date. The decision is final and non-negotiable.
  12. The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value at its own discretion.
  13. The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.
  14. By entering the competition, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules.
  15. Employees of the National Portrait Gallery and MGallery and Sofitel, their families, agents or anyone else connected with the competition are not permitted to enter.
  16. The competition is run by the National Portrait Gallery Marketing Department.
  17. The Gallery is situated at St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE, Tel: +44 (0) 207 7306 0055.
  18. MGallery by Sofitel is situated at 10 Hammersmith Grove, London, W6 7AP

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