The first pianos have been delivered for Luke Jerram’s Play Me, I’m Yours street pianos project, which is coming to Bristol’s streets this summer, as sponsors are announced

The artwork is a musical trail of 18 individually-decorated pianos installed in public spaces across a city, for everyone to play and enjoy. This marks the 10th year of the project which has seen over 1700 pianos in over 55 cities across the globe reaching over 10 million people, bearing the simple instruction Play Me, I’m Yours.

The initial batch of pianos have arrived by truck at the Bearpit in Bristol city centre, before being put into storage ready to be decorated later this summer. Play Me, I’m Yours runs in Bristol from Thursday 17 August to Thursday 7 September.

The sponsors who have made the project a reality have now been announced. They are: 

At-Bristol Science Centre; Paintworks; Brunel’s SS Great Britain; St George’s Bristol; Tobacco Factory; The Broadmead BID; The Galleries Shopping Centre; The Mall at Cribbs Causeway; University of Bristol; Urban Creation; Wapping Wharf.

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The locations of the street pianos will be announced later this summer ahead of the launch.

Luke Jerram said: “Firstly, thank you to all our brilliant sponsors whose support of this project has ensured we can make it a reality for Bristol this year, filling its streets with music and bringing communities together. Without their backing, it would not have been possible, so we are hugely grateful to them.

“It’s very exciting to see the first pianos arrive at The Bearpit, right in the heart of the city, and a real hub of creativity, reflecting the spirit ofPlay Me, I’m Yours. It means it is only a matter of weeks now until the piano art trail kicks off and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds – people always embrace it in different ways in each city, which is all part of the fun!”

This is the first time the project has been funded through the sponsorship of individual pianos. Arts Council England has match-funded the project, after £20,000 was raised via a crowd funder, as part of a national scheme to encourage wider funding of the arts.

The three pianos arriving at the Bearpit are being delivered from the Piano Shop Bath, a key partner of Play Me, I’m Yours in Bristol.

The globally-successful project has spawned marriage proposals, inspired musical compositions, helped discover new stars and been played by celebrities including Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland, Alicia Keys and Cindy Lauper.

During the project, you can share your stories, photos and videos via bristolstreetpianos.co.uk and on social media, Facebook (@bristolstreetpianos), Twitter (@streetpianos) and Instagram by searching streetpianos, using the hashtag #bristolstreetpianos