EGA Institute for Women's Health


UCL Female Firsts Celebration Event

19 December 2018

A drinks reception and exhibition was held on Thursday 13th December to mark the culmination of UCL's year-long celebrations for the 10th Anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. 

Female Firsts Celebration, Institute for Women's Health, University College London
UCL Artist-in-Residence, Kristina Clackson Bonnington, was commissioned to create 12 contemporary art works about 12 extraordinary women, who all have a UCL connection.  These artworks were all on display together, for the first time. 


The President and Provost of UCL, Michael Arthur, opened the evening and expressed how UCL Female Firsts had given us an eye-opening insight into the barriers women have faced at UCL and in the wider world, and how far they were able to reach despite them.  Kristina Clackson Bonnington spoke about her amazing journey in creating this artwork and her interaction with both the UCL Female firsts themselves and their families.  Ebony-Jewel Rainford Brent, previous UCL chemistry student, and the first black woman to play for the England Women's Cricket team, also recalled her time at UCL and how her career had evolved.  

This was followed by Judith Stephenson from the EGA Institute for Women's Health at UCL, and Chair of the Selection Panel, speaking further about how this project had come together and how it truly was a collaborative project, spanning all UCL faculties.


Kristina Clackson Bonnington, Artist in Residence, UCL
Ebony-Jewel Rainford Brent
Michael Arthur Provost
Michael Arthur Provost
Ann Oakley
Bernice Lake