To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, Leuchie House is launching an open call for artists and sponsors to help bring to life a ‘spectacular public art event’ planned to hop its way across North Berwick for 10 weeks this summer.
The Big Hare Trail will feature 10 giant Hare sculptures which will form a free, fun, family-friendly trail of discovery for tourists and locals alike to explore and enjoy.
Leuchie House are keen to involve local artists in the design of the sculptures. The charity is appealing to the art community to submit their designs before the 1 April deadline for the chance to win a £900 commission and work alongside a commercial sponsor. Leuchie House CEO, Mark Bevan, said:
“Leuchie House became an independent charity in 2011 following a high profile ‘Save Leuchie’ campaign. During this time, the local community came
together to ensure Leuchie could continue to provide essential respite breaks for people from across Scotland and their families living with the long term effects of MS, MND, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.
This fantastic public art event is our way of saying thank you, involving local schools and increasing visitor footfall to local business, as well as shouting from the rooftops that at Leuchie we are Hare to Stay. We are grateful to our Presenting Partners, Simpson & Marwick and initial Hare Sponsors MNM Developments, McInroy & Wood and Charles River, who have hopped on board to support.”
Simpson & Marwick CEO, Malcolm Cannon, said:
“We are proud to be the Presenting Partner for The Big Hare Trail. This event will reinforce East Lothian’s identity as a vibrant centre of art and culture and showcase what a wonderful place it is to live, work and visit.”
Leuchie is working with leading creative producers, Wild in Art, to bring The Big Hare Trail to North Berwick. Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder of Wild in Art said:
“We are very excited to be working with Leuchie House on The Big Hare Trail which will give people the chance to enjoy public art in a fun and engaging manner. We passionately champion the importance of art for everybody and the social, cultural and educational benefits which it provides. This new art trail will bring businesses, the creative sector and communities together and highlight the important work of Leuchie House.”
The legacy of The Big Hare Trail will continue after the summer as each of the sculptures is auctioned in the autumn to raise vital funds for Leuchie House.