TALKING STATUES NORWICH
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 Norwich launched on the 8th September 2018 and is currently in production.
CLIENT: Initiated and developed by Creative Nation
PROJECT: Public Arts, Heritage and Cultural Learning
FIELD: Public Events
One of our Directors has been on the advisory board of Sing London for the last decade, and has been closely involved in the project’s development internationally. On relocating back to East Anglia, she decided to bring the project with her. Norwich is England’s first UNESCO City of Literature and has an impressive offer in terms of both its statues, its talent and its cultural offering.
Talking Statues provides the perfect platform to tell Norwich’s story, whilst also signposting participants to all the city has to offer. Talking Statues Norwich is a pan-city project, bringing together a range of cultural, heritage and civic partners to deliver the project.
Funders include The Forum Trust, Norwich BID, Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge, Norwich Heritage Fund, The National Centre for Writing and The Freemen of Norwich.
Supporters and Partners include Visit Norwich, The Norfolk Libraries and Museums Service, Norwich City Council, The Churches Conservation Trust and Heritage England,
Utilising our local networks and experience of managing multi disciplinary teams, to date we have;
- Commissioned local writers to create the statue’s monologues with our partners at the National Centre for Writing. Our writers include Stephen Fry, Sarah Perry, George Szirtes, Molly Naylor, Alexander Gordon Smith, Luke Wright, Karl Minns and Megan Bradbury.
- We have commissioned actors to voice our statues including Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, The Nimmo Twins, and Zoe Telford.
- We are working with local artist and illustrator Beverley Coraldean to create our beautiful map of the City and illustrations of the statues
- We have designed a comprehensive Cultural Learning Programme, including a Discover Arts Award Trail for families, young people and schools.
Talking Statues Norwich will see our statues ‘talking’ for a year. We have been blown away by the quality of the stories our statues have to tell! The National Centre for Writing has facilitated our public writing competitions which will enable two members of the public to give voice to an additional two statues. There is a programme of free creative writing workshops taking place to support this.
Many of our partners are also planning events and activities to support the trail and boost engagement with it. Norwich’s Talking Statues have their own webpage at www.talkingstatuesnorwich.co.uk
Talking Statues Norwich would not have been possible without the funding and support we have received from:
The Forum Trust, Norwich BID, Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge, Norwich Heritage Fund, The National Centre for Writing and The Freemen of Norwich.
Nor could we do it without the generosity and in-kind support from Sing London, The National Centre for Writing, NORCA, Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council, Visit Norwich, The Norfolk Libraries and Museums Service, The Churches Conservation Trust and Heritage England,