Public Arts, Heritage and Cultural Learning

Talking Statues Norwich

If Norwich’s statues could walk, what stories would they tell?

Talking Statues is a concept designed by Sing London who have successfully brought statues to ‘life’ in cities across both the UK and internationally. Pass a statue and swipe your phone on a nearby plaque and, hey presto, you receive a ‘call’ from the statue!

The statues combine technology with monologues written and voiced by local writers and actors of note, alongside up and coming talent. They seek to celebrate the city, its talent and its heritage. Talking Statues provides the perfect platform to tell a city’s story, whilst also signposting participants to all the city has to offer.

Talking Statues Norwich was initiated by Creative Nation and it was a pan-city project, bringing together a range of cultural, heritage and civic partners to deliver the project- including the National Centre for Writing, Museums and Library services, local heritage bodies, Arts Council England and many more.

The project included the outstanding work we commissioned for the trail itself (including contributions from Olivia Colman, Stephen Fry, Adam Buxton and Sarah Perry), alongside an extensive cultural education programme which included creative writing, Arts Award, CPD for schools and a range of free activities for all. 

You can hear the monologues here