Making Space celebrates the achievements of inspiring women from the University of Birmingham, creating a positive platform for female figures today.


Following traditions established by the oldest academic bodies, the University of Birmingham has immortalised its key protagonists since its foundation in 1900. The portraits, adorning public spaces on campus, depict predominately male figureheads and academics. Making Space aims to place images of inspirational women associated with the University of Birmingham at the very centre of campus and create a lasting legacy for the future.

The exhibition features a series of group portraits photographed by artist and anthropologist, Liz Hingley. Liz worked with groups of inspirational women chosen to reflect the breadth of female contribution to the University of Birmingham and beyond which have broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and had a huge impact on people’s lives.

Three weeks prior to the exhibition launch, disguised portraits of women and affiliated artefacts emerged in different forms and formats around campus; through computer screens, TV monitors, social media channels, projections and performances. On International Women’s Day 2017, the culmination of the project appeared will appear from 6pm onwards on the Aston Webb building and Old Joe, at the very centre of campus.

Making Space serves as a starting point to consider what we need to achieve in order to make a better space for women on campus and beyond. Watch this space….

The exhibition will be open to the public from 9 March to 21 July 2017. Copies of the Making Space brochure (PDF - 807Kb) are also available at the exhibition space and Aston Webb reception (R6 on campus map).

Be sure to join the conversation on social media and across campus using the hashtag #UoBMakingSpace.