to sculpt Emily Williamson statue
Hear about her design
'Emily Williamson was a forward-thinking and truly inspirational woman – but I see this statue as also celebrating woman-kind and animal-kind as a whole. I’m known for taking on challenging projects and giving a voice to those people and causes that often lie hidden or have been silenced throughout history.
Here, Emily Williamson is freeing a bird from her hand. Her stance is strong yet gentle, her expression and the tilt of her head show kindness yet stoic qualities. As the viewer’s eye travels down the figure, the lower section of the piece acknowledges the environmental and social aspects of Emily’s work.
From a distance her skirt will look like an ordinary crinoline dress with a bustle, but close up it’s an organic cliff face; a nesting ground depiction of the birds she worked so hard to save from the plumage trade. These birds will be lifelike and miniature, nesting within the folds of the dress as if in their natural environments. Can you spot, for example, an owl, kingfisher, snowy egret, penguin and a fledgling?
Also hidden within her dress/landscape are small scenes/dioramas depicting other women relevant to her story – for example Eliza Philips, Etta Lemon and the Duchess of Portland, who, together with Emily Williamson, built the early RSPB.'
Get your limited edition bronze maquette
Eve is creating 20 of these exquisite pieces to aid our fundraising campaign, for individuals and corporate sponsors. As the winner of the Public Statues and Sculpture Association (PSSA) Marsh Awards for Excellence in Public Sculpture, for her recent Cardiff monument to Betty Campbell, Eve Shepherd is acknowledged to be one of the most exciting sculptors working in Britain today. Owning a limited edition maquette of Emily for £11,000 is likely to prove a wise investment – while helping our statue become a reality. To find out more, contact Andrew Simcock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Emily Williamson was forgotten by history because of her gender. This statue will be both a triumph and a milestone on the journey towards fair representation of women within public sculpture – though we still have some distance to go.'
– Eve Shepherd