Shortlisted Artists Announced for the Aphra Behn Statue


  • Victoria Atkinson
Victoria is a sculptor based on the Kent-Sussex border. Her statue of Rudyard Kipling stands in Burwash High Street. Victoria’s design, called ‘Astrea’ hopes to show Behn’s many personas and her strength of character and resilience. See
  • Meredith Bergmann
Meredith is an American sculptor and poet. She is a fellow of the National Sculptor Society. In 2020 her Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument was unveiled in Central Park, New York. Meredith’s proposal for the Aphra Behn statue is called ‘The Untamed Heart’ and hopes to show her as a vital, sexy woman - proud of her brilliant creativity. See
  • Maurice Blik
Maurice is a past President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Maurice believes his proposal, called 'Mind over Matter' presents a rare opportunity to honour a woman for her achievements, rather than her appearance and in a contemporary manner which challenges viewers to find out more about who she was and her considerable body of work. He hopes to create a timeless icon for Canterbury. See
  • Christine Charlesworth

Christine is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has recently produced a sculpture of the suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison for the centre of Epsom and a life-size sculpture of Greta Thurnberg for Winchester University. Christine hopes that her proposal, named 'Aphra: Playwright, Poet, Pioneer' will draw attention, not just to Behn's immediate achievements, but also her contribution to feminist, abolitionist, and other societal debates. See

Each of the shortlisted sculptors will now make a bronze maquette of their design. These will be toured around key Behn-related places in June and July 2022. The public will be able to cast votes for their favourite statue at this point, both in person and online.

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Posted on January 21st 2022

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