Women of Leeds – We need you

Organisers are inviting the public to make suggestions for names of Leeds women to be celebrated on a new public sculpture by artist Pippa Hale.

Entitled ‘Ribbons’ the sculpture will be located in a prime location at the top of the enhanced Playhouse gardens between the new Leeds City College’s Campus and the redeveloped Leeds Playhouse at the gateway to the new SOYO development at Quarry Hill. Looking down onto Eastgate and then westward along The Headrow, the sculpture will include over 200 names of women who have contributed to our city.

Anyone can make suggestions - which could include women from successful sports stars, artists, pop stars, business people and writers, to unsung heroes and those who have dedicated their lives to helping others, such as charity workers, nurses, teachers or volunteers, etc.

The woman you propose may have:

  • Overcome hardship in their lives and gone on to contribute to Leeds despite this
  • Contributed to Leeds and its residents through their job or voluntary work
  • Achieved significant success in their lives whether that be within business, the arts, public service, sports or simply through their hobby

The only criteria is that they have lived or worked in the Leeds city boundaries for at least one year. A selection panel will select the names and they will be verified prior to final selection. You can submit as many names as you would like to and the deadline to submit is 30 November 2019.

Fundraising is ongoing therefore the sculpture installation date is yet to be confirmed.

Nominations for the sculpture are now closed

Any personal data submitted will not be used for any other purpose other than the review and selection of submissions for inclusion in the 'Ribbons' project. Nominations may be securely stored for up to one year in accordance with the University’s Data Protection and Records Management Policies.  

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This is a joint project developed by Rachel Reeves (Member of Parliament for Leeds West) in partnership with Leeds City Council and Leeds Arts University. Supporters of the project include Leeds City College, LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) and Caddick Developments.

The chosen artwork will be located between Leeds City College’s new Quarry Hill Campus and the newly redeveloped Leeds Playhouse, providing a scenic entranceway to the wider area which is undergoing significant regeneration. The sculpture will be sited prominently at the top of a green landscaped, tiered public space visible from Eastgate and The Headrow, at the gateway to the wider SOYO development at Quarry Hill, also home to BBC Yorkshire and Northern Ballet.