The hotly anticipated locations for Luke Jerram’s world famous Play Me, I’m Yours street pianos project have been announced today, as it prepares to come to Bristol this August
The musical trail will see individually decorated pianos installed in public spaces across the city for everyone to play and enjoy. This marks the 10thyear 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.
Play Me, I’m Yours runs in Bristol from 17 August to 7 September.
Luke Jerram, the Bristol-based artist behind the project, said: “We have tried to design a trail that takes in popular Bristol spots, well-known musical destinations, as well as places in the wider community, where we have had the funding to do so. We wanted to showcase the vibrant creative flair this city has to offer and also its incredible diversity.
“This is a chance for Bristol’s creative to community to be inventive and engage with the pianos in their own way. From impromptu performances by bands, solo artists and choirs of all genres, the pianos will be for everyone to use and enjoy. We can’t wait to see how the trail unfolds. Everyone can programme their own events around the pianos and you can keep an eye on our website to hear the latest plans. Do you fancy cycling from piano to piano to perform on all of them? Maybe you’d like to organise a late night gig, dance event, or plan to discover the pianos with family or friends? It’s up to you!”
The full list of locations can be seen below:
- At-Bristol Science Centre, sponsored by At-Bristol Science Centre
- Beacon House, sponsored by University of Bristol
- Bristol Bus & Coach Station
- Bristol & Bath Science Park
- Broadmead, sponsored by The Broadmead BID
- Brunel’s SS Great Britain, sponsored by Brunel’s SS Great Britain
- Harbourside (next to the Watershed), sponsored by Urban Creation
- Knowle West Media Centre
- Paintworks, sponsored by Paintworks
- St George’s Bristol, sponsored by St George’s Bristol
- St Nicholas Market
- Tobacco Factory, sponsored by Tobacco Factory
- The Bearpit
- The Galleries Shopping Centre, sponsored by The Galleries Shopping Centre
- The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, sponsored by The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
- Wapping Wharf, sponsored by Wapping Wharf
- Windmill Hill City Farm
- Final location to be announced at a later date
This is the first time the project has been funded through the sponsorship of individual pianos. Arts Council England has match-funded the project as part of a national scheme to encourage wider funding of the arts.
The sponsors of the project, who have made it a reality for Bristol 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.
During the project, you can share your stories, photos and videos via bristolstreetpianos.co.uk and on social media using the hashtag #bristolstreetpianos
Featured image © The Great Imposter