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.
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.
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.
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.
Pick up the trail in the Gallery today
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
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.*
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.
- Entrants must be 18 years and over and residents of the UK
- 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.
- 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.
- Entrants must be 18 or over.
- Entry is limited to one per person.
- All hotel stay booking dates are subject to availability.
- The hotel stay prize includes afternoon tea and breakfast.
- The hotel stay prize does not include travel, to or from the chosen hotel.
- Entries can only be submitted using the #RebelWomen on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
- Entries made using automated competition entry systems or similar are not allowed.
- 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.
- The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value at its own discretion.
- The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.
- By entering the competition, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules.
- 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.
- The competition is run by the National Portrait Gallery Marketing Department.
- The Gallery is situated at St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE, Tel: +44 (0) 207 7306 0055.
- MGallery by Sofitel is situated at 10 Hammersmith Grove, London, W6 7AP
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- Harriet Mill (née Hardy) (NPG 5489)
- Josephine Butler (NPG 6482)
- Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (NPG P137)
- Henry Fawcett; Dame Millicent Fawcett (NPG 1603)
- John Stuart Mill (NPG 1009)
- Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith (NPG 4945)
- Dame Christabel Pankhurst (NPG 6921)
- Hilaire Belloc (NPG P21)
- Charlotte Despard (née French) (NPG 5007)
- Sylvia Pankhurst (NPG 4244)
- Dame Millicent Fawcett (NPG x28148)
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (NPG x197056)
- Maye Dilke (NPG x134618)
- (Julia Sarah) Anne Cobden-Sanderson (NPG x197267)
- (Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin (NPG x131220)
- Agnes Garrett (NPG x16323)
- Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold) (NPG x13284)
- Emmeline Pankhurst addressing a crowd in Trafalgar Square (NPG x131784)
- Charlotte Despard (née French) and Anne Cobden-Sanderson with a policeman (NPG x27490)
- Edith How-Martyn (NPG x137847)
- Teresa Mary Billington-Greig (NPG x137848)
- Cicely Mary Hamilton (née Hammill) (NPG x17331)
- Suffragette March in Hyde Park (NPG x17396)
- Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence; Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence, 1st Baron Pethick-Lawrence (NPG x194307)
- Procession of Emily Davison’s funeral (NPG x45196)
- 'Surveillance Photograph of Militant Suffragettes' (NPG x132847)
- Mary Raleigh Richardson; Clara Mary Lambert (Catherine Wilson) (NPG x136416)
- Suffragettes 'After the fight' (four unknown women and three unknown Policemen) (NPG x137213)
- Emmeline Pankhurst's arrest at Buckingham Palace (NPG x137688)
- Mary Sophia Allen (centre) with four members of her force (NPG x6075)
- Ethel Snowden (née Annakin), Viscountess Snowden (NPG x136719)
- Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor (NPG x339)
- Women Labour MPs (NPG x30000)
- Ellen Cicely Wilkinson (NPG x36118)
- Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Bt; Margaret Thatcher, Karen Buxton, Peter Leonard Brooke and five unknown sitters (NPG x31695)
- Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence (NPG x45191)
- Lady Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton (NPG x45192)
- Mary Sophia Allen
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
- Nancy Witcher Astor (née Langhorne), Viscountess Astor
- Jennie Baines
- (Joseph) Hilaire Pierre Belloc
- Ethel Bentham
- Teresa Mary Billington-Greig
- Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon
- Margaret Grace Bondfield
- Peter Leonard Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville
- Lady Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton
- Josephine Elizabeth Butler (née Grey)
- Karen Buxton
- (Julia Sarah) Anne Cobden-Sanderson
- (Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin
- Emily Wilding Davison
- Charlotte Despard (née French)
- Margaret Mary ('Maye') Dilke
- Henry Fawcett
- Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (née Garrett)
- Lillian Forrester
- Agnes Garrett
- Clara Elizabeth Giveen
- Cicely Mary Hamilton (née Hammill)
- Mary Agnes Hamilton (née Adamson)
- Harriet Mill (née Hardy)
- Edith How-Martyn
- Miss Johansen
- Clara Mary Lambert (Catherine Wilson)
- (Arabella) Susan Lawrence
- Janet ('Jennie') Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge
- Lilian Lenton
- Kitty Marion (Katherina Maria Schafer)
- John Stuart Mill
- Lady Cynthia Blanche Mosley (née Curzon)
- Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith
- Dame Christabel Pankhurst
- Emmeline Pankhurst
- Sylvia Pankhurst
- Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence, 1st Baron Pethick-Lawrence
- Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
- Marion Phillips
- Edith Picton-Turbervill
- Miriam Pratt
- Mary Raleigh Richardson
- Francis Harry Rolfe
- Ethel Snowden (née Annakin), Viscountess Snowden
- Margaret Hilda Thatcher (née Roberts), Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven
- Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Bt
- Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold)
- Ellen Cicely Wilkinson
- T. & R. Annan & Sons
- Bain News Service
- Brinkley & Sons
- Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
- Ford Madox Brown
- Caldesi & Co
- Central Press
- George Ridsdale Cleare
- Herbert Cole
- Lena Connell (later Beatrice Cundy)
- Criminal Record Office
- (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
- Elliott & Fry
- Fox Photos Ltd
- Fradelle & Young
- 'Holmes of New York'
- Ferdinand Louis Kehrhahn & Co
- Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
- Mary Edis, Lady Bennett
- Anne-Katrin Purkiss
- George Richmond
- Unknown artist
- Unknown photographer
- Sir Leslie Ward
- George Frederic Watts
- Ethel Wright
A range of gifts and products inspired by the display, are now available to pre-order and buy from the Gallery shops and online