Following the huge success of our 'Pigs Gone Wild' art trail in 2016 we are pleased to announce our 2019 event - Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk.
The trail, which is based on the much loved character Elmer the patchwork elephant, sees the hospice once again join up with Wild in Art, who organised last year’s trail, and new partner Andersen Press who own the publishing rights to Elmer.
The 2019 event, which coincides with both ours and Elmer's 30th anniversary, is planned to be even bigger running for two weeks longer and with an anticipated 50 Elmer statues compared to the 40 pigs we had last time.
As well as raising significant funds towards the vital services offered by St Elizabeth Hospice - the £200,000 raised pays for one week's care - 'Pigs Gone Wild' attracted over 250,000 visitors to Ipswich and contributed £1m to the local economy. We want our next trail to be even more successful.
The official website for the campaign is now live! Visit www.elmersbigparadesuffolk.co.uk to find out more.
Sponsor an Elmer
As well as the trail of large Elmers, 2019 will see a whole herd of 'young Elmers' taking over too! As part of the Learning Programme, each school or youth group that pledges to raise £750 for the hospice over the next 18 months will be given a 'young Elmer' sculpture to decorate - plus the chance to win a large blank Elmer of their own!
Elmer promotes positive messages about inclusivity, courage and friendship and it is hoped our herd of 'young Elmers' will help to create a sense of unity among the young people of Suffolk. If you are part of a group who would like to take part in this way, download our Learning Programme brochure to find out more.
Don't delay, get in touch and join the parade that will literally be 'tons of fun for everyone!'
Artist Call Out
We will be putting a call out to artist to submit designs to paint our 50 Elmer sculptures for the 2019 trail. The artist information pack will go live on the evening of Tuesday July 31. Follow this link to find out more elmersbigparadesuffolk.co.uk/artists