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Gillian Wearing

 Gillian Wearing CBE, RA (born 10 December 1963) is an English conceptual artist, one of the Young British Artists, and winner of the 1997 Turner Prize. In 2007 Wearing was elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Gillian Wearing’s films, photographs and sculptures investigate public personas and private lives. In 2018, her statue of Millicent Fawcett was unveiled to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, through the Government’s national centenary fund.

Nearly 85,000 signatories put their names to a petition started by Caroline Criado Perez to erect a statue of a woman in Parliament Square. Millicent Fawcett is the first statue of — or by — a woman to stand in the historic London plaza, and it’s thanks to the thousands of people who pledged their support that she stands beside monuments to activists like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. 

To mark the occasion, Plinth collaborated with Gillian and designer Bella Freud to launch a range of merchandise inspired by Millicent’s message and the ongoing fight for equality. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Fawcett Society, who have continued the work of their founder for more than 150 years in fighting for women’s rights and representation. 



Gillian Wearing