From political reformists to paleobotanists, the work of women has helped to shape Manchester into the great city it is today. Women in Print is an exhibition of work by twenty two local designers, makers, illustrators that celebrates the life and achievements of twenty two iconic female figures who've made a significant contribution to Manchester.
Born in Moss Side, Emmeline was a British political activist and leader of the suffragette movement. She was instrumental in helping women gain the right to vote in the UK.
Sunny Lowry was a regular swimmer at Manchester’s Victoria Baths. She famously became the fourth woman to swim the English Channel in 1933 and had a very successful career as a long distance swimmer and teacher.
Born in Jamaica, Louise Da-Cocodia was a nurse and activist. She worked for equality of opportunity for Manchester’s inner-city residents in housing, education and employment.
Elizabeth Raffald was a local businesswoman who wore many hats. During her lifetime she worked as a housekeeper, author, confectioner, landlady and midwife. Her book “The Experienced English Housekeeper’ was published in 1769 became a bestseller.
Whilst pursuing her studies as a palaeobotanist, Marie Stopes became the first female academic on the faculty of the University of Manchester. Her passion for eugenics and women's rights lead her to open the first birth control clinic in Britain.
In 1908 Annie Horniman bought Manchester’s Gaiety Theatre using her family’s fortune from packet tea. Her aim was to bring the classics and newly written plays to the working class people of Manchester and Lancashire.
Born in Havana, Enriqueta Ryland founded the John Ryland’s Library in memory of her husband, the famous Manchester merchant. She was the first woman to be honoured with the Freedom of the City of Manchester.
Alice studied at Manchester High School for Girls. She was a historian and author recruited by Enriqueta Ryland to index John Ryland’s Library. Her major achievement was helping to improve higher education for women in Manchester.
Born in Prestwich and raised in Bury, Victoria Wood established herself as a comedy star, actress and national treasure with her popular television shows Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies.
As a prominent journalist, Mary Stott worked for several Manchester newspapers including The Manchester Evening News. She was the longest serving editor of The Guardian’s Women’s page.
Kate Cross is an English cricket player from Manchester. She plays for Lancashire and England. In April 2014, she was one of the 18 Women to be awarded the first Professional Contract by the ECB.
Dr Kathleen Mary Drew-Baker was a phycologist from Leigh renowed for her research on edible seaweed. She won a scholarship to study botany at Manchester University, graduating with flying colours in 1921.
Born in Oldham, Helen Bradley is famous for her paintings of Lancashire life. Shortly after her death in 1979 she was awarded an MBE. The Northern Ballet have adapted her work for stage.
Shelagh Delaney was an English dramatist and screenwriter from Salford, best known for her debut play, A Taste of Honey (1958) set in her native town.
Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Amy Ashwood Garvey was a feminist, playwright, lecturer, and pan-Africanist. She was a key organiser of the 5th Pan-African Congress which was held in Manchester in 1945. At the conference she spoke out about women’s oppression.
Hong Kong artist Amy Lai organised Chinese View ‘86, the first Chinese festival in Manchester which lead to the opening of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Arts. Thirty years later and the gallery is the UK’s leading organisation for the promotion of Chinese contemporary art.
Dr Sylvia Sham has been Director of Wai Yin Society since 1998, during which time she has led the continuous development of the organisation, helping those overcome the obstacles of settling into a different culture.
Bafta award-winning writer of The Royle Family, Caroline Aherne began her career performing on the Manchester comedy circuit.
‘Red Ellen’ was a key radical figure in British socialism and feminism of the early 20th century. She served as Minister of Education from July 1945 until her death in 1947.
The Oldham Borough Police officer was the first sworn female constable in what is now the Greater Manchester Police area, joining the force in 1921.
Elizabeth is best-known as the author of Cranford and North and South. She settled with her husband in Manchester in 1832 — the industrial city inspired her writing.
In 1891 Emily established the Gentlewomen's Employment Association in Manchester and co-founded the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with Eliza Phillips.
Eve Warren is a Graphic Designer based in Leeds and Manchester. She is currently a designer at Fieldwork.
Laura is an independent graphic designer based in Manchester, designing effective communications and building unique experiences, across multidisciplinary platforms.
Sneaky Raccoon is the artist name and work of Yorkshire based freelance Graphic Illustrator and Designer, Anna Mullin — who specialises in the areas of bespoke illustration with a focus on animals and nature.
Helen works with paper to create magical illustrated models and sets. Cutting by hand, she uses coloured and painted paper as she builds detailed and multi-layered scenes inspired by the natural world and its inhabitants.
Letter lover, wolf mother, design junkie, education enabler, Tash works at Hyper Island enabling companies and individuals to meet the challenge of tomorrow’s digital world.
Emma Reynolds is a freelance character designer, illustrator and designer for animation based in Manchester. She loves picture books, bears and cats. And eating a lot of pizza!
Kat is a graphic designer with a specialism in digital design and front-end development. When she’s not working with computers she’s a rock climbing, yoga-flexing, aerial artist!
Memo is a design practice specialising in graphic design, illustration, public art and art direction for the cultural and commercial sectors founded by Victoria Simpson & Charlotte Hitchen.
Rachael Whale is a designer and illustrator currently working at DS.Emotion.
Nell is an award winning surface designer, creating fresh, modern prints by hand using traditional techniques.
Designer at Instruct Studio, particularly interested in experimental typography, colour and pattern. Constantly striving to be more Lesley Knope than April Legate.
Designer, illustrator, owl enthusiast. tall person. May be spotted ambling around the Northern Quarter of Manchester or out in the countryside.
Jane Bowyer is an independent graphic designer and illustrator specialising in digital design, art direction, branding and print.
Amy Rodchester is a freelance designer and occasional ballerina. She is the creator of Amy Rodchester Designs, a company selling cards & prints all produced in the North of England.
Creative Director and Co-Founder Angela, has worked hard to establish Design By Day's reputation as an agency producing exceptional design work.
Vicky is a designer, lecturer and co-founder of Textbook; a design studio working with arts and culture organisations on a range of projects from branding to print design.
Caroline is an illustrator and maker from Manchester. Working mainly in gouache & ink, her work is fuelled by nature, pre-loved objects, pioneers and the everyday.
Independent designer specialising in brand and visual identity, working from her studio in Manchester.
Illustrator and artist, Deanna Halsall works across editorial, advertising and interior commissions.
Manchester-based illustrator Dominique is assistant to Stan Chow and part of illustration collective Foursight.
Joyce “artsy nibs” Lee is a coffee fuelled modern calligrapher. Working on bespoke projects, workshops, private/corporate events, weddings.
Mariel is a textile artist, freelance prop and still life stylist and prop and accessory maker, based in Manchester.
A limited run of A3 prints selected for the exhibition are available to purchase from our shop. All proceeds raised will go to Manchester Women’s Aid.
By Eve Warren
By Laura Boast
By Anna Mullin
By Tash Willcocks
By Emma Reynolds
By Kat Loveday
By Rachael Whale
By Nell Smith
By Ellie Thomas
By Sarah Cowan
By Jane Bowyer
By Amy Rodchester
By Angela Roche
By Vicky Carr
By Caroline Dowsett
By Danielle Molyneux
By Deanna Halsall
By Dominique Byron
By Joyce Lee
By Mariel Osborn