If statues could talk, what stories would they tell?
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ABOUT TALKING STATUES


Sing London have commissioned some of the nation's most celebrated writers and actors to animate 35 public statues across London and Manchester.

Pass a Talking Statue, swipe your phone on a nearby tag and hey presto: your phone rings. And it's Queen Victoria on the line... or Peter Pan... or Abe Lincoln...

Using drama, humour and location technology, Talking Statues breathes new life into the statues that surround us all.

FIND OUT WHO'S TALKING WHERE
Talking Statues Plaque

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Hand Drawn London Map
Hand Drawn Manchester Map
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"Explore more Talking Statues and other hidden gems with Field Trip."



Lee Ryda for photography of all statues and artists.

Statues can't just talk by themselves you know... Thanks to our supporters

LONDON PARTNERS

  • Almeida
  • Broadgate Estates
  • British Library
  • BBC
  • Canary Wharf
  • London
  • Islington
  • Royal Parks
  • Royal Parks Foundation
  • Spitalfields
  • SNK Studios
  • Transport for London
  • Network Rail

MANCHESTER PARTNERS

  • Manchester City Council logo
  • Sams Logo
  • Bridgewater Hall
  • Manchester Museum Logo

EXTRA THANKS GO TO:


Riot Communications
Alice Roche for our hand drawn maps
Art History Link for the competition notes
Chris McCruden at Midas PR
Rachel Chillag at Manchester City Council
Kieran Meeke at secret-london.co.uk
SNK Studios for sound recording and engineering
Anna Dinnen at NESTA
Richard Gallafent at Gallafents LLP
Lu Kemp, Jenny Worton at Almeida Theatre
Our web Wizards at Explosive Brands

GIVE A STATUE a voice

Here's a chance for budding writers to get their words heard on the street. Sing London is teaming up with Audible.co.uk to find voices for 4 statues across London and Manchester.

Write a short monologue, up to 400 words, from the perspective of one of our competition statues below and send your entries to competition@talkingstatues.co.uk with the subject heading 'Public Writing Competition Entry.'

Our expert judging panel will be looking out for originality, factual accuracy, and entertainment value so keep this in mind when writing.

Click on the names below for individual writing guidelines:

The winning pieces will be recorded by well-known actors and included as part of Talking Statues, ready to chat in time for Christmas. You will also be invited along to the monologue recording and receive a copy of the final recorded script to keep.

Tracey Markham, from Audible, said: "Spoken word is how we first discover the love of hearing and telling stories as children. We're delighted to help take storytelling to the streets of London and Manchester. We can't wait to hear the stories that the statues will tell."

Notes created by Art History Link, the Arts Educational Consultancy, www.arthistorylink.co.uk

ENTER T&C's

T-Rex

T REX

AT THE MACHESTER MUSEUM

Isis

ISIS

AT THE ROYAL PARKS

Shakespeare

SHAKESPEARE

AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY

Leaping Hare

THE LEAPING HARE

AT BROADGATE CITY OF LONDON

WHO'S BEHIND TALKING STATUES?

Whether we're filling the streets with pianos, ping pong tables or talking statues, we believe that small interventions can invigorate the public spaces we all share.

Antenna Lab is Antenna International's digital think-tank & consultancy, showcasing and spearheading innovation within the cultural sector. Antenna is the leading provider of technology, content, and services to the world's artistic, historical, and cultural institutions.

The School of Museum Studies at The University of Leicester are conducting extensive project research which will be made publically available.