Could a Bury St Edmunds woman feature on the new £20 note?
A Bury St Edmunds group which campaigns for women’s rights wants the Bank of England’s new £20 note to feature a local woman artist.
The bank is inviting nominations for a deceased visual artist, including architects, artists, ceramicists, craftspeople, designers, fashion designers, filmmakers, photographers, printmakers and sculptors.
Eleanor Rehahn, of Bury’s Fawcett Society, is keen to ‘combine feminism with history’ and is encouraging people to nominate Bury-born printmaker Sybil Andrews or the town’s portrait painter Rose Mead.
“We should be proud of our history and the fact that we have two women artists in Bury is something we should be shouting from the rooftops,” she said, adding that the protest campaign used to help secure Jane Austen’s place on the forthcoming £10 note showed inequality was still a ‘big deal’.
Nominations close next Sunday (July 19).
Go to www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/characters/nominationform.aspx