A SCULPTURE celebrating two pioneering female pirates, which was reportedly deemed ‘inappropriate’ by a council in another county, has found a new home at a football club.
Lewes Football Club have unveiled Amanda Cotton’s play ‘Inexorable’ at their Dripping Pan stadium.
The sculpture features pirates and lovers Anne Bonny and Mary Read, whose history has been largely overlooked for their swashbuckling male counterparts.
In the 18th century, both Anne and Mary had to disguise themselves as men to escape poverty in Britain and join a pirate ship, which they could not do as women.
Eventually they fell in love, seizing ships around Jamaica and leaving a trail of looted treasure in their wake.
And according to the football club, the 8ft tall statue was originally designed for Devon but was rejected as “inappropriate” by a local council, Ms Cotton said.
The statue will spend a season with the soccer club, which in 2017 became the first professional club to pay equal wages to its women’s team and men’s team.
Ms Cotton said the football club was a suitable place for her to work.
It’s official that my sculpture ‘Relenting’, which celebrates the lives and personalities of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, has found a place to live and belong for a season @lewesfcwomen & @lewesfcmen. pic.twitter.com/dLKKJm0Bpb
— Amanda Cotton (@Amanda_Cotton_) August 18, 2022
“Anne and Mary should live somewhere where they are valued and celebrated,” she said.
“‘Inexorable’ represents the idea that one can live freely and without constraints, and the play is a reminder that one can live authentically as Anne and Mary did.
“I would love for Anne and Mary to become as famous as their male counterparts and bring inspiration to everyone. For these reasons, I am delighted that they will remain at The Dripping Pan in Lewes for a season and see the only reasonably endowed professional footballers in the world play.
“It’s a game made in heaven.”
Karen Dobres, director of Lewes Football Club, said she hoped the Lewes community would feel “inspired” by the artwork.
“We’re honored that Inexorable will overlook our pitch and stand proud next to our old flint wall on Mountfield Road,” she said.
“As pioneers of gender equality in football, known for our radical stance on debunking gender stereotypes, we hope our community will be inspired by this incredible work of art.
“We are grateful to Amanda for drawing such strong attention to these women’s stories and to the Chalk Cliff Trust for funding the transport of Inexorable to the Pan.
“We think Anne and Mary will feel very comfortable in the city of Lewes and people will be able to view the statue on matchdays and open days.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20682200.lewes-football-club-host-sculpture-anne-bonny-mary-read-season/?ref=rss Lewes Football Club is hosting a sculpture of Anne Bonny and Mary Read for the season