21 June – 5 September 2015
A blaze of dragons fired up Norwich during the summer or 2015 as part of GoGoDragons.
Created by Wild in Art’s Creative Director Chris Wilkinson, the dragon sculpture draws on the close association between the heraldic symbol and the city since the Middle Ages. The creatures feature in much of Norwich’s architecture and the city has churches dedicated to Saint George in Tombland and Colegate – both of which house dragon symbols.
There were 84 individually designed large dragons to discover and each one was decorated by artists and sponsored by a local business, trust or group.
Seven of the GoGoDragons! clan shined a spotlight on elements of the city and its history. Known as the Heritage Seven, these dragons were part of a special project managed by Eastern Region Media Community Interest Company (ERM CIC) and they were developed by artists working with local community groups.
There were also 120 smaller dragons which were decorated by children and young people from Norwich’s schools and community groups who spent a term learning about the mythical, historical and local connections of Dragons, as part of an education project delivered by education partner The Forum Trust. These dragons were displayed in clusters in The Forum, Intu Chapelfield, Castle Mall, Norwich Lanes and some local independents.
GoGoDragons! was Wild in Art’s third event in Norwich and was brought to the city by Break Charity, the presenting partner Norwich BID, together with supporting partners Almary Green and Aspiration Europe.
At the end of the trail the large dragons were auctioned to fund the valuable work of Norfolk charity Break who support vulnerable children, young people and families across East Anglia.
For more information go to www.gogodragons.co.uk
Dragon merchandise is available from the GoGoDragons merchandise partners Jarrold of Norwich and also The Forum Shop by Jarrold of Norwich and online from Jarrold. Find out more at www.gogodragons.co.uk/shop