Chelmsford Celebrates Inspirational Women


Women from Chelmsford are among the 10,000 whose photographs are included in the extraordinary Women Like You work of art, which was created by artist Charlotte Newson in 2010.

 Charlotte and High Chelmer Shopping Centre welcome the opportunity to invite art lovers to the centre and are also looking for any women whose images are included in the portrait to join them and to try to find themselves in the 3 metre x 2.5 metre artwork.  The portrait will be on display from Thursday 14th July at High Chelmer Shopping Centre at 15A Exchange Way, Chelmsford CM1 1XB. Artist Charlotte Newson will be at the centre on 14th July between 12 noon and 5pm.

 To mark the date of Pankhurst’s birth on 14 July (1858), Charlotte has also created a Women Like You virtual birthday card for women to post their image onto, creating a personal and very public birthday message to the woman whose legacy transformed the lives of women in this country. The e-card will be displayed on Charlotte’s website, featuring the names and photographs of women from all over the world.  Also available from Charlotte’s website is a free birthday e-card for people to send on, that includes some of the lesser-known facts about Emmeline’s life – that she had five children in ten years for example, and size 3.5 feet. Charlotte has also created a birthday kit featuring Emmeline Pankhurst’s biography, unique images taken of her home and personal artefacts, memorable quotes, unusual details of her life and some of the personal stories behind the portrait.

Charlotte says: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring the Women Like You portrait to Chelmsford, as we know that there are a number of local women who feature in the picture.  I’d love to meet those women and their friends and family in person and to give them the chance to see themselves up close in this work of art. ”

Living and working in Manchester, Charlotte Newson has over 20 years experience of creating powerful and moving artworks and has a residency at The Pankhurst Centre, a museum and women’s support space on Nelson Street in Manchester that was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Sylvia, Christabel and Adela from 1897 – 1907.

More information about the portrait is available online at

QualitySolicitors Hill & Abbott are the proud sponsors of this event along with the High Chelmer Shopping Centre, to whom we are thankful to for their accommodation of this piece. We are pleased to be able to assist in bringing a unique portrait  of Emmeline Pankhurst to Chelmsford and supporting a very talented artist.

Now the stunning photomosaic is to pay a unique visit to High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford on 14 July 2011, the birthday of Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the British suffragette movement, and artist Charlotte will be at the shopping centre to meet visitors and discuss her work of art.