Lady Phyll marked by Immortalised exhibition

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This summer, the artists’ group non zero one ran a public call-out asking people to nominate living women that deserve recognition for what they do and for the positive impact they have had on people around them. From hundreds of nominations, 25 women were invited to be 3D-scanned and 3D-printed into statues.

The statue of Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, also known as Lady Phyll, will be unveiled at Historic England’s Immortalised exhibition this Friday at 4pm.

Lady Phyll is the powerhouse behind UK Black Pride and has been one of the most visible lesbian women of colour in the UK. In her many roles she acts as a community builder and organiser, including as a senior official at the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union, a Stonewall Trustee and a Diva Magazine columnist.

Lady Phyll also regularly gives public talks about race, gender sexuality and class intersectionality. This year Lady Phyll co-edited “Sista!” an anthology of work by 31 LGBT writers of African/Caribbean descent with a connection to the United Kingdom.

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Last chance to visit Immortalised

From statues and street names, to shrines and temporary artworks, Immortalised explores the variety of ways people and events have been commemorated in England, past and present. Stories of immortalisation, from the heroic and sad, to the quirky, inspirational and challenging, are told through photographs, archival material and individual objects presented in an immersive environment that gives life and voice to the monuments and memorials on show. The exhibition runs until this Sunday, 16 September and is open from 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday.

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