After the huge success of its Pigs Gone Wild art trail in 2016 St Elizabeth Hospice has officially launched its next event Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk which will be seen for 12 weeks in the summer of 2019.
The trail which is based on Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, the much loved character, has seen St Elizabeth 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.
At the launch event in Ipswich’s Town Hall, Mark Millar, St Elizabeth’s CEO, said “We are delighted to announce our latest event ‘Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk’. ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ was a huge success raising significant funds for the vital work we do at the hospice but also attracting over 250,000 visitors to Ipswich town centre and the Waterfront and contributing £1m to the local economy.
“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 sculptures compared to the 40 pigs we had last time. It is great to once again be working with Wild in Art, they are one of the country’s top creative producers of high-impact, public art exhibitions and their experience was invaluable in helping make ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ the success it was”.
Keen to support this important event for the county Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have signed up as joint Supporting Partners for the trail.
Paul Black, PR Director at Andersen Press told us ,“In almost 30 years Elmer has sold over 8 million books, and been translated into over 50 languages around the world – but he’s never been involved in something this huge, and for such a fantastic cause. Everyone at Andersen is delighted to be working with St Elizabeth Hospice and Wild in Art to bring this incredibly creative event to life.”
Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art, added: “We’re excited to once again be working with St Elizabeth Hospice on this special event during their milestone year. By joining forces with Andersen Press and creating a blank 3D canvas inspired by one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time, we just know that this big parade will have a big impact in Ipswich and beyond.”
Although the trail won’t be in place until June 2019 the preparation has well and truly started. Norman Lloyd, project manager of both ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ and now ‘Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk’ explained “Work has been underway for a good six months already with partners and a number of sponsors for the trail secured.
“We are looking for sponsors for 50 large Elmer sculptures, which will form the main part of the trail, and these will be joined by more than 100 junior Elmer sculptures – smaller, but crafted just as creatively, by children in local schools and community groups. The junior Elmer sculptures will be displayed in small herds in town centre stores and venues for the 12-week period. The launch of our education programme will begin in January 2018 and our call for artists to create the designs for the Elmer sculptures will be in August 2018.”
If you would like to find out more about ‘Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk’ and how you can get involved, please email Norman Lloyd at [email protected] or telephone 01473 723600
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk is sponsored by: Supporting Partners – Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council. Community Engagement Partner – Ipswich Building Society. Media partners – East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, BBC Radio Suffolk. Logistic Partner – SLi. Auction Partner – Clarke & Simpson. Events Partner – ABP. Transport Partner – Wyards Removals. Education Partner – Suffolk Agricultural Association.
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