Frequently Asked Questions

What is put her forward?

put her forward is an artwork by non zero one that recognises living women who have positively impacted the people around them. By gathering nominations from the public, we aim to create and install up to 25 figures of women across England. The figures will be unveiled during the Heritage Open Days weekends of 6th-9thand 13th-16thSeptember 2018.

How did the project come about?

The project is a commission for this year’s Heritage Open Days ‘Unsung Stories’ programme. HOD ran an open call for artists, with a brief of creating a nationwide project to mark the centenary of Representation of the People Act and 90 years since Equal Franchise.

How is the project funded?

put her forward is an ‘Unsung Stories’ commission from Heritage Open Days, which is run by the National Trust. ‘Unsung Stories’ commissions are made possible by additional support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Why are there up to 25 new statues being made?

The concept for put her forward is inspired in part by Caroline Criado-Perez’s 2016 article in the New Statesman, outlining that, out of 925 public statues in the UK, only 25 are of non-mythical, non-royal statues. put her forward asks people to think about the representation of women in public, by asking who they would nominate for a statue, so together we can try to match that number of statues.

What does this have to do with heritage?

We took the definition of heritage as ‘valued objects and qualities such as historic buildings and cultural traditions that have been passed down from previous generations’ and wanted to fast-forwards to thinking what would be the heritage of today. To ask someone ‘which woman would you nominate?’ reflects a whole zeitgeist of values, ideas and concerns of our society at this point in time. Who knows if in future we will recognise the same kinds of positive impacts? Who knows if we will even define ‘woman’ in the same way? The 3D printed figure will be a heritage legacy of our society today.

We also feel that part of what’s powerful about Heritage Open Days more widely is how open and inclusive it is, that it doesn’t have a set definition of heritage but that they allow local people across the country to decide, ‘this is our heritage’.

Why do I have to nominate a living woman?

There are two reasons for this. The first is that when we look at what information we have on historical women (especially before the 20thCentury), the bulk of material that we have access to is about women who had particular privileges, so mostly we only know about white, upper class, well-educated, ‘pure’ women, who were often recognised as ‘the first woman’ to do something a man had achieved. We want to recognise a diverse range of women who come from a range of backgrounds, who might not have received any recognition before now and who might be celebrated for something that a traditional statue might not have done before now.

The second reason is that in order to 3D scan someone we need them to be living to come to the 3D scanning booth!

Who can nominate?

Anyone globally over the age of 18 can make a nomination, except the people on the selection panel.

How can people nominate?

Nominations are now closed. Until the 29th July, members of the public could nominate by filling out an online form or by visiting us during one of our live nomination gatherings. We ran a number of workshops for community groups, where we were able to have deeper discussions with participants about statues, gender and power.

How many nominations can I make?

As long as you are able to put us in touch with the person you’ve nominated, you can make as many nominations as you like, for whomever you like. Statues will be selected using the criteria outlined below.

How will the selected women be chosen?

The selection panel is made up of Sarah Butcher, Cat Harrison, John Hunter and Fran Miller from non zero one, Annie Reilly from Heritage Open Days and Rachael Lennon from the National Trust.

put her forward is a new artwork, and as the piece develops we may decide to bring in other people onto the selection panel, in which case this FAQ will be updated first.

We can only select women to be made into statues if they:

  • Are living today
  • Identify as a woman
  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Are currently based in England
  • Can be put in touch with us with some help from the nominator

When selecting women to be made into statues the panel will also look at:

  • How they have made a positive impact on the lives of those around them
  • If they have had much recognition for the impact they have made already
  • Where the woman is based, as we will prioritise key locations first
  • Overall the full list of nominated women will aim to represent a diverse mix of ages, class, ethnicities, disabilities, locations and reasons why they have been selected

put her forward is an artwork and as such does not constitute a formal nomination process or popularity contest. Selection of women is at the final discretion of the artists.

What happens if I am selected to become a statue?

After the selections have taken place, this is the process:

  • We will get in touch with your nominator, who will put us in touch with you
  • We’ll then get in touch with you and explain the project
  • If you agree to take part, we will arrange a visit to a 3D scanning place (scanners are available across the country)
  • Before being scanned you will have a conversation with us as to how you want to be portrayed as a figure
  • Then you’ll be 3D scanned and printed into a figure
  • You’ll get to see a picture of the figure beforehand and help us decide where it should be unveiled
  • There will be an official unveiling during one of the Heritage Open Days weekends in September 2018
  • The figure will be gifted to you after the unveilings, and so together we can choose whether you would like to keep the figure in its public place or move it elsewhere

At no point should you ever feel like you have to be made into a statue. non zero one has nearly 10 years of experience working in interactive projects, and we want to work carefully with each nominated woman to make sure you feel comfortable with the process. We hope that these figures will provide inspiration for all who see them, as significant examples of what we can do to positively impact the lives of others, to be proud of. However, if at any time you decide not to have you figure made or taken down, that’s perfectly fine.

What will the statues look like?

The statues will be about 30cm-40cm high, made from sandstone and inkjet painted to look photo-real. The statues are quite delicate and not waterproof so may have a protective casing if they are to be unveiled outside.

Can it be a statue if it’s not life-size?

It’s true that we often think of statues as being life-sized, although there is no absolute size needed to quantify a ‘real’ statue, so we like to call them ‘figures’ – also by way of claiming back this term and its connotations with viewing women. The figures we will be creating will be roughly the size of the Nefertiti Bust, and like one of Rodin’s bronze statue reductions he made. But for us the real aim of put her forward is to have a conversation about the representation of women. The point is to say that the reason we have so few statues of women isn’t because we are short of inspirational women, but in fact there are many inspirational women alive today that can inspire generations to come. With enough time and resources we could have another 925 statues of women!

What happens to the statues after the unveiling?

The statues will be handed over to the nominated woman, who can decide if she would ever like it to be taken down, moved or similar. We hope that where possible the figure can remain in the public eye, and the location in which it is unveiled will help to look after it. All communication about the project after December 2018 will take place via Heritage Open Days.

Who can I get in touch with if I want to talk to someone about this project?

For any general enquiries about put her forward please email info@nonzeroone.com or call 07930 351 818.

For any media enquiries please get in touch with Katie Welford from non zero one: Katie@nonzeroone.com or Annabelle Thorpe from Heritage Open Days: Annabelle.Thorpe@heritageopendays.org.uk