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A is for Aphra Statue Campaign: Shortlist Announced

The A is the Aphra campaign team (which includes our very own Prof Elaine Hobby), continue to work towards the creation of a statue of Behn in her birth city of Canterbury, Kent.

This week they have reached an exciting stage in the process: a shortlist of four sculptors: Victoria Atkinson, Meredith Bergmann, Maurice Blik and Christine Charlesworth.

The artists are now tasked with creating 50cm bronze maquettes. The winning design will be voted for by the public later this year.

You can read more about the campaign and the shortlisted designers here

If you wish to support the campaign, please see the official website: www.aisforaphra.org

A is for Aphra: the Behn Statue Campaign

Elaine Hobby is working with the Canterbury Commemoration Society to fund and commission a bronze statue of Behn to take pride of place in Canterbury, Behn’s likely place of birth. The Society, via the campaign ‘A is for Aphra‘, are presently inviting artists to submit designs for consideration, with the shortlisting process anticipated to take place in 2022.

Aerial view of Canterbury

As a public campaign, this will only be made possible with the generous support of those in Canterbury – many of whom are as yet unaware of Behn’s significance for their city – and those further afield. The Society explain:

‘We think Aphra Behn deserves to be remembered. That’s why we are launching a fundraising campaign for a statue of her in Canterbury, the city she grew up in. We want Aphra Behn to take her place alongside Marlowe and Chaucer as one of the literary giants celebrated not only by this fantastic city, but also by those far beyond it’

If you are interested in learning more about this campaign, and supporting the creation of a Behn statue, please visit A is for Aphra to learn more.