Upon entering the third floor of Sadler’s Wells Theatre, I am confronted by a series of defiant women. It is obvious that they are from different walks of life, but they share a united stance: ‘Us against the world’. Among them are suffragette Emily Davison and Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole.
Welcome to Mother, an exhibition dedicated to the mother of celebrated British artist and Islington resident Vaughan Grylls. Comprising ten life-size representations of historic female figures who changed the socio-political face of Britain from the late 18th century onwards, the women encapsulate the spirit and character of Grylls’s mother Muriel. A former political campaigner and women’s rights activist, she died three years ago, aged 92. “She was fearless, and when she looked into the mirror before leaving the house it was like she was getting ready to take on the world”, explains Grylls. “I wanted the photographs to reflect the same sort of immediacy.”