Hundred Heroines Ltd. is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, which is applying for charitable status to create the Hundred Heroines Foundation.
Our aims are:
- To advance art and education, particularly photography and the visual arts, and women’s contributions to these arts
- To increase public appreciation of the contribution women in photography have made and continue to make to the medium and society
- To encourage new audiences to engage with the medium
- To stimulate public discussion about the subjects addressed by women
- To build a global support platform for women in photography
- To nurture talent to ensure a pool of excellence for the future
We do this through:
- Exhibition programmes
- Online resources
- Our mentorship series
- Creating new opportunities for women in photography
In 2018, to mark the centenary of the women’s right to vote in the UK, the Royal Photographic Society ran a public campaign, conceived and led by its Vice President, Dr Del Barrett, to identify outstanding female photographers from around the globe. The response was overwhelming with nearly 5,000 people nominating more than 1,300 different candidates. From this, a panel of luminaries from the photographic world selected a final list: The One Hundred Heroines, representing the best of the inspiring women from across the world, whose work is transforming photography and the visual arts. The project was so successful, it began to generate a range of new activities, and growing interest and support. To enable the project to flourish, and to provide a platform for further related initiatives, a new organisation was created by Dr Barrett with the name Hundred Heroines, and the RPS has now passed the custodianship for all future activity directly to this organisation, at the end of 2019.