Women 100 Grant

We are delighted to announce that FoIM has won a £16,000 Government grant to support a “Women 100” Ipswich Art Gallery Exhibition. This runs from December 8th 2018, and will show 100 works by women artists. See the announcement in the the Ipswich Star.

Friends Chairman Richard Wilson welcomed the news: “The Friends of the Ipswich Museums are proud and delighted to have been awarded this substantial grant from the Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme. We are hugely pleased that it will enable Ipswich, through the Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service, to justly celebrate women’s franchise.”

Vice-Chairman Denise Fiennes added: “The Friends are a dynamic support to the Ipswich Museums, with over 50% female representation on its committee, including its President Lady Deben. Research shows that 16% of UK companies in 2017 had no female board members at all, and many boards continue to exclude women entirely. The voluntary sector is much more equitably led, and we are proud that both women and men care so passionately about the future of the town’s heritage.”

Councillor Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council’s Museums portfolio-holder, added her support: “This is an important year and we want to help ensure that the struggles of women to win the vote all those years ago are not forgotten but recognised today. This grant and support from the Friends will enable us to present this in a new and exciting way that is relevant to young people, and I am very grateful to the Friends for securing the funding that allows us to have both this exhibition and the activities programme.”