Sheffield’s Women of Steel statue has been celebrated again, as critically acclaimed sculptor Martin Jennings picked up a national award for the public sculpture he created in their honour.
Martin’s Women of Steel statue, installed in Barker’s Pool, Sheffield in June 2016, won the PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association) Marsh award for Excellence in Public Sculpture at an awards ceremony in London yesterday.
Sculptor Martin Jennings said: “I’m thrilled to have won this year’s PMSA Marsh Award for the Women of Steel sculpture. It stands as a tribute to the City Council who commissioned it, to the people of Sheffield and not least the women themselves who gave me so much inspiration.
“This project was very dear to my heart and I’m delighted that not only the monument itself but the historic achievement of all the Women of Steel has been given further national recognition.”
Sheffield City Council launched a campaign to create a lasting memorial of the women of steel, and raised more than £150,000, working alongside four women of Steel: Kathleen Roberts, Ruby Gascoigne, Dorothy Slingsby and Kit Sollitt.
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “This is wonderful news and I’m thrilled that Martin achieved this award representing our strong, incredible women.”
One of the women of Steel, Kathleen Roberts, said: “I think it’s absolutely marvellous, I’m speechless. For our statue to receive this award it makes the hard graft we did all those years ago and our efforts to raise money for the memorial even more worthwhile.
“On behalf of all the Women of Steel I am proud and delighted.”