Chair Witness


Witness by Antony GormleyTake the English PEN summer photo challenge!

Have a photo taken of yourself sitting on Witness, Antony Gormley’s sculpture, and send it to us at with the subject line “Chair Witness”. You can either send us the picture itself (from your phone or a digital camera) or send us a link to it online (we’ll need you to give us permission to use it either way). You can send a picture of yourself sat on the chair, or next to the chair, or perhaps you’re holding up a picture of an imprisoned writer from our case list? Be inspired!

Cast in iron, the work depicts an empty chair, a symbol that English PEN has used for the last 30 years to represent imprisoned writers around the world. We’re going to make a special slideshow of the pictures we receive, whilst also getting some of English PEN’s well-known writer supporters, trustees, staff and volunteers to do the same.

Let us know a bit about you when you send the image through – for example, tell us what the sculpture means to you, or what you’re reading at the moment.

Everyone who submits a photo will be entered in to a prize draw!

So what’s to lose? We’re sorry this only applies to those who can get to the sculpture in London – given it’s two tonnes, we can’t really move it anywhere else!

Here’s help finding the British Library. Witness is in the British Library’s St Pancras piazza very close to the steps that lead up to the entrance to the library.

Deadline: August 31st 2012.






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